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Review 2005 Health (Sexual) Education Curriculum

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Beyond The Birds & the Bees

The Government of New Brunswick's Department of Education has not updated The Growth and Development (sex education) strand of the New Brunswick Health Education Curriculum since 2005. Their curriculum is grounded in the following abstinence statement: 

"The Growth and Development strand of the New Brunswick Health Education Curriculum emphasizes that abstinence from all sexual activity that involves risk is the best and only truly safe health choice for adolescents. Students who do decide to become sexually active now or in the future need information about the effective use of protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Classes do not encourage students to become sexually active nor do they include teaching about sexual techniques" (GNB, 2005).

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN, 2010) states that “abstinence-only programs purposefully do not teach young people the importance of consistent contraceptive use for unintended pregnancy prevention or condom use for STI/HIV infection prevention”. New Brunswick's children deserve to be informed on important sexual issues, such as consent, gender identity theory, and be able to engage in open dialogues about sex in order to make informed choices. 

Our call to action is for the Government of New Brunswick to follow suit of The Government of Ontario's recent endeavour to amend the outdated provincial sexual education curriculum. In addition, educators in the province should be provided with adequate support and training to feel comfortable teaching progressive sexual education. Educators should also have access to community resources (such as AIDS New Brunswick and the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre) who provide outside support to come into classrooms to help present curriculum material. 

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