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2021-12-27 17:45:09

How is sex education taught in schools in the Netherlands?

How is sex education taught in schools in the Netherlands?

Sex education lessons in European schools have been held for a long time – for example, in Dutch educational institutions, children can get acquainted with this issue for more than 10 years. Special textbooks are produced that will convey information in an easy and understandable form for him. Sexual test classes are held in the same format as other lessons.

At what age do Dutch children begin to study this question?

Sex education lessons in Dutch schools are held for children who have reached the age of 9. Contrary to the opinion of many parents, experts believe that this is the most appropriate age to start such conversations. In the modern world, it is much easier for children to find any information on the Internet, books, from television, so a 9-year-old kid already knows how to perceive incoming information and is ready to start a conversation on the topic of sexual behavior.

Classes are not a call to any action – they only provide the child with information that is perceived as a simple lesson in another subject.

What do they teach in such lessons?

The main task of teachers is to present the main information about sexual relations in a form understandable to the student. In this, the teacher will be helped by a textbook, where there is everything necessary for conducting lessons. The manual tells about the main differences between men and women, where children come from, what is the difference between the female and male genital organs. In addition to the physiological component, it is important to mention the social part of sexual relations. The classes talk about personal boundaries, about the concept of friendship and love.

What do the students themselves do during the lessons?

The modern education system of Europe provides for the assimilation of information by the child through play, an intricate and humorous form. During the lessons, children can play games that will help them to quickly memorize new words and concepts without feeling ashamed and feeling that this is a forbidden topic that should not be talked about in front of strangers. The task of the teacher is to organize such an atmosphere in the office that the students are comfortable.

Personal boundaries and relations within the sexes

Special attention in the learning process is paid to the concept of personal boundaries of a person and relations with representatives of the same sex. Dutch text books explain to the child how important it is to be able to defend their boundaries and the need to stop communicating or contacting a person with whom you do not want to have any business. About the relationship of men with men and women with women, the textbook does not respond badly, but warns that not every country will treat this condescendingly.

The introduction of sex education lessons is a common practice. Lessons of this nature should become compulsory in every school so that the child is prepared and warned about the dangers that may await him in life.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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