Change the New Zealand 'Sexuality Education' Policy to make consent teachings compulsory
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This year, for our Social Studies Policy Change Internal, we are working on changing the current New Zealand policy surrounding sexuality education and consent teachings. In New Zealand, it is compulsory for high schools to teach ‘Sexuality Education’ from Year 7 to Year 10. Despite this, it is up to the school to decide what they want to teach within the title ‘Sexuality Education’. This means that essential teachings surrounding consent and safety are not mandatory, and students are passing through school life without learning these topics.
We believe that this is not acceptable.
Within our social action we are campaigning for the Ministry of Education to change this policy, so that it is compulsory for high schools to teach consent teachings within Year 9 and 10. Consent teachings would be educating students on how they have the right to say 'No' in any situation and also how they have to respect others right to say 'No'.
For more information see http://rpe.co.nz/information/
This policy change will not only educate current and future generations about the importance of respect and safety in regards to sexuality, but also tackle the issue of rape culture in New Zealand. We believe that by teenagers having a better understanding of consent this problem surrounding rape culture can hopefully be lessened and eventually improved.
Thank you so much for your support!
Ana Cheetham and Grace Holden
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