Youth Agenda Affirmative Action

Youth Agenda Affirmative Action

Thursday, 26 June 2014

My Take on Sex education for youngsters...

The reproductive health care bill has spurred a lot of debate especially on societal morals and family values. Most of the reactions towards the bill being somewhat antagonistic. 
 Arguments brought forward include that providing school going children with contraceptives simply indicates how frayed our moral fiber is and so on and so forth. Everyone is up in arms; parents, the church, teachers.


Why isn't anyone up in arms about that. Like the proverbial ostrich are we burying our heads in the sand? Have we seen the statistics? School going children are getting pregnant and it is by no immaculate conception. 23% of adolescent girls have kids. New studies have further shown that teens make up the highest number of new  HIV infections with over 50% .

So parents, the church and teachers are up in arms ???? because kids from the age of 10 may have access to the pill and condoms?  
So where were those arms when the children under their care we engaging in unsafe sexual escapades?

When the ostrich buries its head in the sand, it exposes its hind quarters to would be predators. The question is, would you want  your school going children to receive comprehensive sexual education and like services which may include condoms and contraceptives? or would you rather they remain exposed to the risk of unsafe sexual behaviour?

No offence but please don't tell us that you will talk to your children yourselves, your kids say you don't. That most teens prefer to receive sexual education from their parents is not disputable, however many parents do not have this information and even if they do some of them are too embarrassed to discuss these issues with their children. A survey by advocates for youth indicated that 24% of female teens and 38% of male teens have never discussed sexuality with their parents.

 And how about those kids that would prefer to discuss sexuality with anyone else other than their parents who do they talk to?
"Sex is meant for marriage" We have all heard the sermon hundreds of times yet each time it falls on deaf ears. The church mainly focuses on dire warnings and consequences and we all know that after a while the threats no longer work.

I think there is a need for a neutral party who children can talk to when their parents don't, who they can turn to when they are too scared to approach their teachers and who they can open up when they don't want to be judged by the church. This bill provides for just that.

let us stop pretending, if there was anything else that could have been done at this point  it must have already been done, we are in a crisis and we need to find solutions, this bill provides solutions however disagreeable they may be to many of us, before you bash it to the ground give us a solution that hasn't already failed and we will readily take it up.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree, our children are engaging in sex at a shockingly young age,the canes dint work, counselling dint work infant nothing seems to be I think its about time they got some comprehensive sexual education.


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