Sex education: The state has been skipping classes for 20 years.

Since 2001, the law provides for 3 annual sex education sessions throughout schooling. However, in practice this is not the case and the whole population suffers the consequences. Through a series of micro sidewalks, Planning gives the floor to those interested.

The report is shocking and unanimous

Everyone expresses their deep interest in the subject, but also their ignorance. In the middle of the election campaign, Planning whistles the end of the recess and asks the candidates to finally catch up.

In 2001, the legislature made a good copy on sex education in schools, providing for 3 annual sessions, adapted to the age of the children, in school, university and high school. Since then, the public authorities have repeatedly reaffirmed the mandatory nature of these sessions.

It seems to have taken the measure of what can generate adequate and quality sex education for society as a whole: improving the prevention and reduction of risks in terms of sexual and reproductive health (unwanted pregnancies, STIs, HIV, etc. ), the fight against gender stereotypes, the fight against sexist and sexual violence, the fight against LGBTphobic discrimination, the promotion of equality between women and men … In short, we can consider that the state has validated the test theoretical. On the other hand, when it comes to passing the practice test, frankly it leaves something to be desired!

A quarter of schools have not organized any sex education sessions

At the end of school, students had on average only one or two sessions, instead of the 21 provided by law.

“Evaluation reports, rarely made public, and investigations follow one another. The results are not very good every time, with little or no improvement over time: insufficient and fragmentation of funding, failure of national management, strong territorial inequalities, quantity and quality of actions subject to the goodwill of the heads of establishment. ,… ”.

Sarah Durocher, Co-Chair of Family Planning

The state, frankly, is not up to the task, with an obvious lack of political will. Faced with this public failure, some French people are trying to fill their misunderstandings by looking for answers from relatives, porn, television series, with varying degrees of success. In retrospect, they all point out how they would have liked to have been better accompanied.

Based on these findings, Planning is launching a national communication campaign to highlight the inadequacy of sex education sessions and their consequences.

Planning urges presidential candidates to commit to 2001 law enforcement

  • Schools are demanding. But, every year, the Planning is forced to refuse to make interventions in sex education for lack of sufficient means. There is an urgent need to change the situation!
  • Increase the public funding of the entities that offer sex education sessions to 4.5 million euros / year, A MINIMUM = 288 € / intervention in 5 classes per establishment + 600 € of coordination and preparation, for 1 single intervention / year
  • Increase the allocation of EVARS (emotional, relational and sexual living spaces) by 5.6 million euros / year (double the 2020 endowment of 2.8 million euros)
  • Improving national leadership among actors involved in funding, organizing and facilitating sex education
  • Train sex education and outreach professionals (initial and continuing education)
  • Ensuring quality sex education (sessions based on a global approach, integrating socio-emotional development, human rights, reducing gender and social inequalities, public health concepts, etc.) and the diversity of actors (without teaching overload, relationship singular and punctual …)
  • Guarantee an official evaluation of the public policies carried out

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