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Sex education, important?

December 8, 2009

Sex is always a sensitive issue, especially in Indonesia. In the Eastern culture “sex” is always considered as a taboo. Thus, most children in this country grow up and learn about “sex” with their own ways depending on their experiences. And that can be dangerous.

Mita Abidin, Pre School Principal at Sekolah Cikal, explained what sex education is and why it’s important.

“Sex education is an education about knowing ourself, sexual identity, relationship and intimacy, and also understanding the attitudes and values towards sex itself.”

Mita said that within the sex education, children are taught how to take care of their bodies including their genitals and develop respect to themselves and others.

“Sex education should actually be called sexuality and relationship education,” Mita said.

Mita understood that sex is a very sensitive topic within the Indonesian culture, but she said that sex education is more than just explaining a sexual activity between a man and a woman to children.

At Sekolah Cikal students are given the subject with different methods. From level junior to Year 6, Sekolah Cikal students are divided into groups where boys and girls are separated.

“During that session, students will discuss about various things which are related to sexuality education.”

For students from Reception Junior to Year 3, the curriculum includes the understanding of body parts, tips to clean their bodies, and introduction to reproduction organs in simple ways.

“We teach them, for example, the process of a baby before the baby is born.” Mita teaches her students with the help of books and pictures.

And for students from Year 4 to Year 6, the curriculum covers the understanding of puberty and physical and emotional changes that each student will have.

To prepare the parents, Mita said that the school creates a special session. “We teach the parents before giving the class to their children.”

So far, the school hasn’t received any objections from the parents. The school is actively helpful to any demands from any parents who have difficulties answering questions about sex to his or her child.

Mita said that sometimes parents don’t realize that they have actually given their children sex education at home through casual discussions.

“The most important thing that each parent should do is to be open to any questions.”

A mother, Mita gave an example, can teach her child about sex education when they spot a pregnant woman by saying, “Look, that tante is having a baby inside her womb.”

“The mother can explain more by saying that it’s only girls or women who can be pregnant,” Mita said.

She said that even the sex education can’t guarantee that children won’t have a “pergaulan bebas” lifestyle in the future.

“But at least students can be aware of their bodies and they know the consequences of their actions.”

“Sex education only is not enough,” Mita said.

Teaching children with religious and family values is a must, Mita said.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 10:05 am

    nice infoooo

  2. Astuti permalink
    December 9, 2009 5:51 am

    Sex is indeed a very sensitive issue in our culture. I remember how my parents never talked about it to their children. They just chose to be passive and let the children learn by themselves through experiences and people.

    But I guess sex education might be needed by today’s young generation. I’m still confused though how I can apply it to my kids. I still feel awkward to talk about sex to my kids, it’s just not so our culture.

    Good story!

  3. tania permalink
    December 14, 2009 7:07 am

    Mmmh, i like this article. I think I agree that sex education is needed for today’s children. We have to use the right method so that our kids receive the right message.

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