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MOE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
1. Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.
2. The goals of Sexuality Education are to:
(i) To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
(ii) To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and
(iii) To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.
3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
(i) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
(ii) Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
(iii) Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
(iv) Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.
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OVERVIEW OF SJI’S SEXUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME
At SJI, we base our Sexuality Education Programme on MOE CCE2021 recommended lesson packages and provide additional perspectives anchored on our school’s Catholic ethos and values. This programme is an integral part of our Josephian Formation Journey lessons.
The following illustrates the focus of our programme for various levels at SJI:
Year 1: Gender Issues & Sexual Orientation, Romantic Relationships and Sexual Abuse & Grooming
Year 2: Pornography & Addiction and potential consequence of Pre-Marital Sex
Year 3: Self-Perception and Respectful Healthy Relationships
Year 4: Gender Stereotypes, Unhealthy & Violent Relationships and Issues with Pornography
Year 5 & 6: Developing Healthy Relationships and Making Responsible Informed Choices