Condoms are by far the easiest way to have safer sex, but the use of male condoms is riddled with myths, false perceptions, and unfounded fears. Working with schools and teachers we asked them to share with us the most common myths and misconceptions they have heard. This UNFPA publication has more details.
So here’s our list of 20 myths about condoms that should be debunked through sex education.
We have one fun approach (yes, really!) to teaching this content:
Start the session by giving the list to each individual, then go through the list as a group and ensure everyone understands each point and then get each of the participants to tick those they think are true and hand in these before they do the group work. That way you will get a snapshot of their knowledge before individuals are influenced by others.
Depending on the adolescence children involved it may work best in gendered groups. The facilitator must have a good grasp of the facts and preferably speak the local language/slang where relevant. We recommend that this lesson is done in two sessions, the topic is broad and will need follow-up discussion.
A similar approach can be used when tackling myths around which foods are safe to be eaten or those that should be avoided during pregnancy.