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
1. Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law.
2. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
b. Josephian Formation Journey
At SJI, we do not use the Growing Years Programme. We have developed our own Human Sexuality Programme for the Secondary School that is based on our school’s Catholic ethos and values. This programme forms part of the Josephian Formation Journey lessons that are conducted twice a week.
The relevant sections of the Josephian Formation Journey pertaining to Sexuality Education at SJI are as follows:
1. eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Year 3 and Year 5 to provide them with accurate information on STIs, HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme.
2. Students are taught skills such as decision-making, assertiveness and negotiation to say “no” to sex and negative peer pressure. They also learn that the impact of STIs/HIV extends beyond themselves and involves their family. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key
messages. The desired outcome of the eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.
At SJI, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows:
||Programme Learning Objectives
|Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor
- Awareness of the different STIs and HIV/AIDS
- Modes of transmission
- Modes of protection, specifically on how the condom is used
- Consequences and impact of STIs/HIV
|Class-based Lesson 1: Decision-Making
- Understand there are consequences in any decision one makes regarding sexual intercourse
- Realise that decision-making is a process that can be learnt
- Understand that one needs correct and accurate information to make the right decisions regarding one’s sexual health
- Learn to make decisions that will reduce the risk to their sexual health.