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Not everyone is happy with new draft sex education including LGBTQ2SA+ syllabus for teenagers




A teenager from Co Laois says the new design of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum makes them “feel more accepted” as it will reflect LGBTQ+ identity, relationships and families, reports RTE.

The proposed curriculum was released for public consultation earlier this week and would make sex education compulsory for fifth and sixth year students. The goal is to launch the program by September 2024.

Molly Hickey, 18, is now out of school but is happy that prospective students “won’t have to feel as isolated as I did in the classroom”, reports RTE.

I’m a non-binary person and I read it (the draft syllabus) and it said they want to include more gender identities. For me, I felt like I didn’t belong in the setting because I wasn’t included in it. Non-binary wasn’t discussed, it was all men or women,” they said, reports RTE.

For 18-year-old Aisling Comiskey, sections of the revamped curriculum that address unhealthy relationships and gender-based violence are particularly important.

“Recognising those behaviours is so important so you are able to know that you don’t deserve to be treated like that, that it’s not normal behaviour,” she said, reports RTE.

Bel Abulele, 16, will start fifth grade in September and hopes that the public consultation on the new SPHE curriculum will be a success, as “more information, more awareness and more inclusion” is a positive thing. A lot of things that should be talked about, aren’t talked about,” she said. “The new syllabus is a lot more inclusive to people of all backgrounds, people of all ethnicities, all sexualities and just everyone,” reports RTE.

Speaking about the sexual and reproductive health section, including the response to an unplanned pregnancy, they said it was crucial because “you might not know what to do, or that you have options,” reports RTE.

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