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Uruguay Promotes Sex Education in Schools with New Book for Teachers

MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay’s Early and Primary Education Council (CEIP) presented on Friday a book as a guide for educators in this country to teach sexuality courses in the classroom.

CEIP counselor Pablo Caggiani said during the presentation of the book that this new material “follows along the same line” of integrating sexual education into schools that Uruguay’s primary education masters have been developing for 12 years.

Caggiani noted that these subjects, often considered “taboo,” are taken “very seriously” in Ecuador’s educational sector.

“Twenty years ago teachers were chastized for teaching sexual education with a focus on rights; the policy of sexual education at that time kept hidden the roles of gender, situations of gender inequality and guidance in preventing teenage pregnancy,” Caggiani said.

For her part, Valeria Ramos, head of the Master Class Program on Sexual and Reproductive Health of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said that “both in the history of Uruguay, where the first attempts at sexual education were made at the start of the last century, as well as in comparison with other countries of the region and of the world, an obligatory program of sexual education as part of a formal school curriculum is something truly progressive.”

The official added that the book serves for any institution that works with boys and girls up to their teen years, both within and outside of formal education, which is why it is so outstanding.

The book entitled “A Teaching Proposition for the Inclusion of Sexual Education in Early and Primary Education” was prepared by the CEIP together with the civil association Gurises Unidos and with the support of UNFPA.

 

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