As a Health Education organisation, we often get asked about sex and lifeskills education and how we go about it!
We don’t have our own projects but over the years our staff have helped to design programmes with partners and we have helped to develop materials alongside teachers and others. Perhaps the best example of a specific sex and life skills curriculum for primary school age children was the Our Future series described below. We have set out the contents of the series to give you a quick insight to the scope and scale of this curriculum. Sometimes you will see that the headings and even the topics are the same in more than one grade. This is because the content of the lessons for grades 4 & 5 are tailored to the developmental stage of the children. In curriculum terms this is called “scope and sequence”. For older children the scope of the topic will be deeper and more advanced that it is for the younger ones.
Our Future Sexuality and Life skills Education for Young People
These materials were developed through a project started in 2003 which involved the Ministry of Education, Zambia, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), Young, Happy, Healthy and Safe (YHHS) and teachers and learners in grades 4 to 9 from 13 schools in Chipata District, Eastern Province, Zambia. The teachers’ and community workers’ manual was developed at the start of the project and tested and revised in three training workshops with teachers from Chipata district. Clare Hanbury, CEO and founder of Children for Health was involved in the development of the three learners guides listed above.
For more on this topic, click through through to this fascinating post and article.