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'Boost sex ed in Swedish schools': minister

TT/Rebecca Martin · 12 Jul 2011, 11:13

Published: 12 Jul 2011 11:13 GMT+02:00

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“It will give teachers the tools necessary to inspire to dialogue and reflection,” minister for integration and equality, Nyamko Sabuni, wrote in an opinion article in daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Tuesday.

According to Sabuni sexual education is still controversial in Swedish schools.

When the national TV network Sveriges Television (SVT) together with sexual educators RFSU showed a film called “Sex on the map” (Sex på kartan) in Swedish schools it met with strong reactions as a dark skinned boy was shown having sex with a lighter skinned girl, and because the film featured homo-, bi-, transsexual and queer issues.

According to Sabuni there is a growing frustration with harassment and violence being swept under the carpet in Sweden.

“Sexual education in Swedish schools is important from an equality perspective and in order to combat sexual violence, sexual harassment and other violating behaviour,” Sabuni wrote in DN.

Treating sex ed as solely a part of the biology subject makes it too narrow, according to the government, arguing that issues concerning gender and sexuality should be discussed within the framework of other subjects as well.

By integrating sex education into subjects like social studies, history and religion, the government is hoping to bring a discussion on equality to the forefront of Swedish education.

“The adult world has a responsibility to create arenas where our young people can discuss sex and relationships - as well as boundaries, abuse and sexual rights - in a natural and relaxed way,” Sabuni wrote.

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The government has also asked the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) to increase teachers’ awareness on the differences between the sexes when it comes to language, reading and writing skills.

Sexual education has been mandatory in Swedish schools since 1956 and has traditionally been incorporated into biology studies.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:23 July 12, 2011 by zircon
Biology is perfect sex. And not just visual sex. Blood, DNA and multiplication of 'unborn' agents are suggesting life beyond in great suprise varieties. Novelties are gender issues made by human perception of all existing facts on sorts of people (anthropology).

This is a personal opinion.
12:07 July 12, 2011 by johnny1939
Why are we Swedes so much into sex? Why even have sex ed.?" Some of us got along just fine w/o it. Who cares whom you hump and it is up to you. Personally, I think sex is dirty and that is the way I like it!! hehe
12:08 July 12, 2011 by Central European
Sorry to hear about.

Sex , as a one of the still persisting animal remais in our life, has nothing to do with history or social studies.

I really do pressume that all of it means just the code name for gender(s) pseudoscience and pseudohistory to be implemented in schools in coutries with birth ratio below 2 per woman. Interesting coincidence is´t it ?

Is good to say children that is perfectly normal to see homo-bi-trans-qeers people but is crazy to make it way that all of these above were oppressed by centuries by white manfolk only .

There was no one country/society in history fully driven by manfolk (doesn´t matter colour but in gender history ofcourse white male) with all other sexes enslaved and subdued.

History and human society is full of the "other" sexes for thousands years of civilization but nowadays mainstream is just to victimized them all and find the only responsible and make money on.

Genderscience looks very similar as the nacist eugenic .....
19:56 July 12, 2011 by jacquelinee
Perhaps a better angle would be to treat sex with respect.To educate on the difference between actual sex and "artificial" sex that they are seeing hourly on the internet. (Actually, some adults could benefit too) They need to be educated that this is not real sex, but "acting"- that the participants are paid to put on a really good "show" to earn their paycheck. This is not real sex in any sense of the imagination, and it is giving our youth of both sexes a very warped idea of what love and relationships are.

More harshness should be taught about diseases such as aids, syphilis, gonhorrea, especially with the scary trend seeming that diseases are becoming antibiotic resistant. And teenage pregnancies and abortions are another story that should be deeply explored..

Instead of just giving explainations of the parts and the acts, they should be presented with statistics, photos of aids patients, photos of syphilis etc. watch vieod of childbirth, be spoken to by teen moms, girls who have had abortions, teen dads working at an early age to support a child, people with aids. Believe me, by the time a child is 10 nowadays, with the prevalance of the internet, most are pretty well educated as to what is what, what is where, what goes where and how to put it there. What they NEED to be taught is the often scary consequences and sad reality in th outcome of those statistics.

Sex education in this day and age is important. But knowledge can be a dangerous thing too. I rememberm as a child, my mother telling me never to put my tongue on anything metal in the winter. Until I had the knowledge of that, I never would have even thought of giving it a try. But after she told me, I immediately went and tried and learned the consequences afterwards, as I stood there like the little idiot I was, yelling ! Helfph! Helfph! Helfph! until someone heard me and brought some water.

Knowledge about facts can be very harmful, unless consequences and possible dangers are also in the curriculum
19:58 July 12, 2011 by Nemesis
Sex education should be 100% compulsory for all schoolchildren, without exception.

If someone wants to be puritan in there home that is there choice. However there should also be 100% seperation of state and all religions, without exception.

Also religions are business's so should have there tax exempt status revoked and should be taxed as any other business. Corporate welfare for religions should be banned along with any other corporate welfare, that is not strategic for the economy of the country.

Anyone who does not agree with appropiate sxex educaiton for all children, should be asked to leave Europe, let alone Sweden and move to a country appropiate to there needs such as Somalia or Uganda.
05:55 July 13, 2011 by calebian22
Sex education is fine and is welcome as long as it is not presented with an underlying agenda that actually is harmful to children. Expanding it to history, social studies and religion, the whole gender neutrality controversy, is a bit ridiculous. It sounds like a first step by Sabuni to have all schools in Sweden, be like Egalia in Sodermalm.

06:08 July 13, 2011 by prince T
I am not a fan of Sabuni. I also suspect that there is an ulterior motive behind the so called educstion. It is a way to promote controversial sexual beliefs.. Everyone is free to do what they want but to use the arm of the government to promote certain parts only among children with a view to knocking down reigious and cultural beliefs is counter productive.
12:23 July 13, 2011 by Murgo
"19:58 July 12, 2011 by Nemesis

Sex education should be 100% compulsory for all schoolchildren, without exception.

If someone wants to be puritan in there home that is there choice. However there should also be 100% seperation of state and all religions, without exception."

Without exception, you say. And people wonder why Sweden is in the mess that it's in with such absurd statements as above. It is hard to be "puritanical", let alone a bit conservative, in a culture that allows such display of depravity. How will children follow their puritanical parents when everyone else is ****ing anything and everything in site? They won't is the answer and that is how ultra leftwing nuts get total control of a society.
14:28 July 15, 2011 by MarshaLynn
Modern western cultures are obsessed with sex. They have sex on the brain. Sex is a normal part of life, i.e. of marriage, but western culture is debauched without realizing it and inserts sex into everything. Furthermore, western culture is intent on treating homosexuality as though it were normal and perfectly fine, when in fact male homosexuals have been demonstrated in studies (and by their own admission) to be horribly promiscuous, sometimes having 100s of sex partners in a lifetime, having almost no interest in monogamy, and not requiring it of one another even in committed relationships. They are still the number one group having and spreading AIDS. Their sexual practice makes them prone to many diseases and serious medical issues that often shorten their lifespans. All of this is scientific fact, but no one is talking about it. This demonstrates that modern western culture is idiotic and will not survive.
16:49 July 15, 2011 by Iftikhar_Ahmad
According to an US study, the earlier teenage girls had sex the more likely they were to divorce. In Britain, sex experts hand out unlimited sex education and free contraceptives to under-age girls to have sexual experience at an early age.

The sexualisation of children by the government, DFE, 'pregnancy advice centres', social workers, school nurses, media aimed at teen girls, contraceptive industry lobbyists, fashion industry and the welfare state to name just a few, is a crime against humanity.

It is also gross hypocrisy for the police to prosecute paedophiles when the government is overseeing boy scouts being given condoms from the age 11 and girls of the same age being told it is OK to have sex if they use 'protection'. Boys and girls at age 11 are not allowed to marry but they can have sex and produce children. Every parent is worried about his child being indoctrinated into the idea that gay and sexual promiscuity is "normal" modes of behaviour. At the same time, all parents have the right to control their children and it is their Duty to control them.

It is an eye opening for the Muslim parents who keep on sending their children to state schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers a s role models during their developmental periods. Muslim teachers are in a better position to teach sex education to teenagers according to Islamic perspectives. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. State funded Muslim schools are crucial for social cohesion, religious and cultural harmony. They are preparing children and young people to face the challenges of life in modern Britain and to also contribute in a positive way to wider society. Muslim children will develop self-confidence and self-esteem. According to TES, pupils make more progress at Muslim secondary schools than anyother type of schools. They are promoting tolerance and support the spiritual, moral, social, linguistic and cultural development of pupils.

Iftikhar Ahmad

17:53 July 15, 2011 by Raiha
Iftikhar Ahmad, you contradict yourself. You say 'there is no place for a non-Muslim child...in a Muslim school' then go on to say 'they are promoting tolerance'??? And 'this is crucial for social cohesion'?

Marsha Lynn, your views on homosexuality and Aids are so bigoted and outdated as to be laughable. That must be why there are no women with Aids right?

Is this just an excuse for more teachers to ask their students to submit their sexual fantasies to beat off over while they call it 'education'?
22:29 July 18, 2011 by shiraz
We have to have sex education. But we do not want the wrong spokespeople for sex ed. The sight of Ms. Nyamko Sabuni may make some to become celibate. It is a good thing that her people have moved away from genital mutilation to advocating sex ed but perhaps she doesn't have to be so prominent about it. Interracial intercourse MAY appeal to fetishists but it may act as a scare mongering propaganda (an anti aphrodisiac) on the general public. Then the primitive notions espoused by Mr. Iftikhar Khan and his ilk may make a person want to advocate celibacy. We all fear for London and England and we hope England is free from these mideval people...
10:26 July 19, 2011 by zooeden
Her people Shiraz????? hahahahahaha
18:03 August 3, 2011 by Smallnose
Sex education, more kamasutra classes, why?
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