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Around the World

We found out what the rest of the world is doing, regarding sexuality education.

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So to put it concisely:

  • The first world countries seem to be letting parents decide whether their children should receive sex education or not.
  • Puberty and adolescence, contraception, STIs, menstruation and the anatomical aspects of reproduction are prevalent in most sex education modules. Everything else varies from being non-existent to unnecessary.
  • Governments with strong ties with religious institutions have implemented and actively supported pro-abstinence sex education.
  • Oceania – Strong age-appropriate frameworks prevalent, has teacher and parent specific guidelines too.
  • The Indian Sub-Continent – Very superficial; influenced by various religions, pro-abstinence, only based on biological aspects of reproduction and STI prevention.
  • South-East Asia – Modern and unorthodox, undergoing periodic curriculum revisions, age-appropriate topics.
  • Africa – Mostly about AIDS prevention, educational institutions and NGOs have formed partnerships.
  • Eastern Europe – Lacking, very basic; heavily influenced by the church.
  • Central Europe – Comprehensive, well structured and supportive; empowering for the students.
  • United Kingdom – Not structured at all, several important topics are considered ‘unnecessary’ for discussion.
  • North America – Varies according to state/province, influenced by the church, has two modules (abstinence only and abstinence plus).