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Here's everything GES will be teaching your child in the sexual education curriculum

The introduction of a Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) by the Ghana Education Service in the new curriculum has generated some controversy in the media.

CSE

Some stakeholders in the educational sector and politicians have kicked against the move because they perceive it as an agenda for the promotion of homosexuality.

Beginning next year, pupils in all public schools, including four-year-olds will be given CSE.

Officials say the subject content would, however, be age-appropriate, so the toddlers would be empowered with values that would protect them from sexual harassment.

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Here are all the details of things that will be taught for the various age classes.

Pre-school (4-5 years)

What we believe in; how we interact

Personal Hygiene

Class 1 (6 years)

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Values and Society

Personal hygiene

Myself: Being a male or a female

Class 2 (7 years)

Reflecting on our own attitudes

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Personal hygiene

Roles and responsibilities as a child

Class 3 (8 years)

Recognizing if something is fair or unfair

Understanding inter-personal relationships

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Families and relationships in our lives

Concept of gender

Class 4 (9 years)

Human growth Development life cycle

Knowing about one's body/sexual and reproductive organs

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Seeking healthcare

Developing self-esteem

Leadership skills

Class 5 (10 years)

Religion and social values

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Puberty/changes as we grow

Relationships: friendship, dating and courting

Population of Ghana

Class 6 (11 years)

Fertility, pregnancy related issues and childbirth

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Relationships: Marriage and family life

Concept of gender: norms, roles and stereotyping

Decision making skills

Population as a resource

JHS 1 (12 years)

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Norms in inter-personal relationships

Sources for SHR services

Fertility regulation - abstinence, contraceptives and other methods

Unintended pregnancies and abortions

Human rights

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Sexual and reproductive health rights

JHS 2 (13 years)

Alcohol, drug and substance abuse

Respecting gender differences/dealing with gender discrimination

Gender and power relations

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Communication

Negotiation skills

Assertive skills

JHS 3 (14 years)

Preventing common diseases/infections among adolescents

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Seeking help for drug abuse

Developing self-esteem

Reproductive tract infections

About sexually transmitted infections

Protection against STIs and HIV

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