Approve the inclusion of Sex Education in the Nigerian School Curriculum
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On the 3rd of May 2017, reports of a mass raping in Ireti Grammar School, Falomo, Lagos. The incident has once again brought to the fore, the importance of sex education in the secondary school curriculum.
In country as conservative as Nigeria, more often than not, parents avoid having the topic of sexual education, consent and abortion with their children. It therefore goes without saying that the onus falls on the education system to ensure that the young generation are given unbiased information about sex. No only will sex education produce a more sexually healthy and cautious citizenry, it is a tool to actively discourage the culture of sexual violence and rape most especially.
If the students of Falomo Secondary school had access to sex education, the reported events would have played out quite differently. The uninvolved students would have known that they were witnessing a crime and help would have been sought more swiftly.
It is very clear from the reports that this was not something new to the school and given the opportunity, the assailants would continue to violate their female peers. If further research is done, it's very likely we will find that the boys involved in the mass raping had been doing similar things and no one had been educated enough to know what to do.
Even beyond the concepts of sex and rape, a sex education curriculum opens the door for the discussion of all forms of issues such as HIV, sexual violence, abortion, hygiene, interpersonal communication. It's really the key to a better society and must not be disregarded.
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