What makes it comprehensive?
Formal, effective sex education can happen in or out of school, but it must always be based on fact. To be comprehensive it shouldn’t focus solely on sex and sexuality, but emphasise the importance of forming healthy relationships. Young people should gain self-esteem and understand how to protect their physical and emotional well-being. They should understand the consequences of having sex and the importance of safer sex. Young people should learn that they have sexual health rights.
Rutgers recognises that many young people do not have access to this kind of sex education. We have developed tools and materials through different projects to make it easier to deliver good comprehensive sexuality education in different settings, including in countries where sexuality is a taboo subject.
The tools and materials cater for the needs of young people of different ages and with different abilities and backgrounds. They can be used in the home, school or other settings like youth groups and young offenders’ institutions. Above all they are clear and honest. The World Starts with Me is one of our most recent curriculums.
The World Starts With Me
Sometimes it is hard to find an adult who can deliver effective sex education. So Rutgers has created a computer-based curriculum in sexuality education that can be followed by 12 to 19 year olds with or without a teacher, improving their IT skills as they learn. The World Starts With Me resources are used in thirteen countries across Africa and Asia. This curriculum goes beyond sexuality and relationships, including lessons on gender equality and having goals for the future.
I learned a lot from The World Starts With Me, but most importantly I learned about puberty and body changes. I understand my body better and feel more relaxed and confident.Hayat15 years old, Jimma, Ethiopia
Rutgers is a leader in comprehensive sexuality education in the Netherlands, where sex education is now part of the compulsory curriculum. Our materials are used in primary and secondary schools across the country. We also address the needs of the pupils of special schools or in vocational education and vulnerable groups like migrants and refugees. And we work with qualified and trainee teachers.