Empower Caymanian youth with a comprehensive sex education programme
  • Petitioning Osbourne Bodden

This petition will be delivered to:

Cayman Islands Minister of Health, Cayman Islands Government
Osbourne Bodden
Cayman Islands Minister of Education, Cayman Islands Government
Tara Rivers

Empower Caymanian youth with a comprehensive sex education programme

    1. Madeleine Rowell
    2. Petition by

      Madeleine Rowell

      George Town, Cayman Islands

Youth in the Cayman Islands, like their counterparts in the rest of the Caribbean region, are vulnerable to contracting a sexually transmitted infection (including HIV), experiencing an unwanted pregnancy, and in most (albeit not all) cases having that pregnancy result in teen parenting.

Currently, no school in the Cayman Islands delivers a consistent, age appropriate comprehensive sexual education curriculum which is aimed at empowering youth with knowledge, skills and information equipping them to make responsible choices throughout their lives.

Over the past ten years the Cayman Islands Red Cross has been working to offer such information to youth via it’s comprehensive Peer Education Programme, yet even this- which started off as a part of the Year 11 life skills curriculum at the public high school- has been reduced to a couple of activities throughout the school year.

Outside of the classroom access to this information, skills, testing, and contraception aimed at reducing the risks of contracting a STI or becoming pregnant is also extremely limited, and that which is available is most likely restricted to those students in the public high schools.

As individuals, each young person will make an individual choice based on his/her own values and the morals with which he/she was raised. However, like basic literacy and numeracy skills it has become imperative that all youth in the Cayman Islands are privy to the same high quality, age appropriate, standardised, comprehensive sexual education curriculum and have the same access to these potentially life saving information, skills and tools inside and outside of school. 

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    News

    1. Featured in iNews article

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      The Editor Speaks: Michael Myles I am surprised at you

      I have had the occasion to listen to Michael Myles, Programme Coordinator at the Ministry of Education & Higher Education, give some speeches and I have been impressed. One such speech, where he pushed very hard for parents to stand up and be counted and support teachers as they cannot educate pupils on their own, caused me to go up and congratulate him.

    2. Featured in a Caymanian Compass article

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Online Poll: Record support for sex education

      It may be the most lopsided vote ever recorded in eight years of unofficial polling by the Caymanian Compass: Almost four-fifths of our respondents this week voted in support of schoolroom sex education.

    3. Caymanian Compass posts poll on sex education in Cayman's schools

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Online Poll: Record support for sex education

      It may be the most lopsided vote ever recorded in eight years of unofficial polling by the Caymanian Compass: Almost four-fifths of our respondents this week voted in support of schoolroom sex education.

    4. Featured on Cayman 27 News

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Sex Ed petitioner responds to government

      Posted By Jade Webster and Kevin Watler Thursday, 29 August 2013 8:05 pm The teenager petitioning for sex education to be part of schools' curriculum says she is disappointed in the response from government officials. Madeleine Rowell started a petition to have sex education taught to all students and government says some schools already offer sex ed classes.

    5. Viewpoint article submitted to Cayman News Service on sex education

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Cayman Islands News

      As teenagers begin their journey, with added pressures to growing up, not only do their hormones work over time, but there are many physical changes taking place in the body structure. Developing sex organs make the teenager curious to explore these changes. Added to this, there is often a curiosity to indulge in what is forbidden.

    6. Featured on Cayman 27 News

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Officials: Sex Ed is not one of the most important subjects

      Posted By Jade Webster and Kevin Watler Thursday, 22 August 2013 8:02 pm As students and teachers prepare to return to the classroom next week, government officials say sex education is not one of the most important subjects.

    7. Featured on Cayman 27 News

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Education officials say sex education already taught

      Posted By Jade Webster and Kevin Watler Friday, 16 August 2013 7:53 pm Officials say high school students in the government school system are already being taught about sex. This is in response to a petition launched by teenager Madeleine Rowell.

    8. Featured in a Caymanian Compass Article

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Let's talk about sex education

      Ministry seeks student input on sex-ed review Students will be asked for input in a new review of sex-education policy in schools following a petition organized by a 17-year-old girl. The local chapter of the Red Cross backed the petition from Madeleine Rowell calling for a consistent, age-appropriate program of sex education in the islands' schools.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Cayman Ministry of Education responds officially to media inquiry

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Cayman Islands News

      CNS): A petition started by 17-year-old Madeleine Rowell for more comprehensive, age appropriate sex education across the country's schools has prompted ministry of education officials to re-examine the current curriculum.

    11. Featured on Cayman 27 News

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Big Story: Sex education in schools

      The Cayman Islands National School Policy states government schools in the Cayman Islands are entitled to teach sex education in their curriculum, but it is not compulsory for all students.

    12. Featured on Radio Cayman

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Young Caymanian Student Petitions Government

      Seventeen year old Caymanian student Madeleine Rowell is asking the Cayman Islands Government, more specifically the Ministers of Health and Education, to take on board the issue of youth sexual health as a matter of priority.

    13. Featured in Cayman News Service

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Cayman Islands News

      (CNS): Seventeen-year-old Madeleine Rowell has launched a petition to introduce sex education in schools in the Cayman Islands. Addressed to Health Minister Osbourne Bodden and Education Minister Tara Rivers, the petition asks them to adopt a national sexual education curriculum and to improve access for young people to information, testing, and contraception aimed at reducing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.

    14. Featured on Cayman 27 News

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Big Story: Sex education in schools

      Cayman 27 has reaction to the Chief Justice's decision of finding Cabinet Minister Hon. Tara Rivers eligible to stand for election. An election petition challenging Ms. Rivers' eligibility triggered Friday's judgement and now the second elected West Bay member's seat is safe.

    15. Featured in Cayman 27 News

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer
      Petition for sex education in schools

      Posted By Paul Kennedy and Kevin Watler Monday, 12 August 2013 8:04 pm Sex education is part of the curriculum in classrooms all over the world, but not here in Cayman. One teenager wants that changed and has started a petition to lobby government on that very matter.

    16. Cayman Islands Red Cross Support

      Madeleine Rowell
      Petition Organizer

      This petition now has the official support of the Cayman Islands Red Cross!

    17. Reached 100 signatures

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    • GLEN WIGNEY CHICAGO, IL
      • 11 months ago

      We are Caymanians

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    • Tobi Brennan BODDEN TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
      • about 1 year ago

      I have always thought they needed to educate the youth better on Sex.

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    • Danielle Mighty BODDEN TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
      • about 1 year ago

      I am going to be working in the Healthcare environment in the near future. One of the most important ways of combating a disease is Prevention through EDUCATION. This is what the young people of the Cayman Islands need.

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    • Clara Smith WEST BAY, CAYMAN ISLANDS
      • about 1 year ago

      Comprehensive Sex Education is is critical to fighting teen pregnancy , and increased morbidity due to sexually transmitted infections, adult infertility and a whole gambit of other public health and social issues.

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    • laura ribbins GRAND HARBOUR, CAYMAN ISLANDS
      • about 1 year ago

      i have been in educational field for over 30 years and empowering youth to make choices is key to life skill development. Sexual Health is a major component.

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