An increase in STBBI cases, a lack of resources for prevention and screening due to the COVID-19 crisis, an increase in domestic violence, a major new wave of denunciations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct on social networks: the issues related to the well-being and sexual health of the Quebec population are accumulating. The need for sexuality education is clearly pressing!
In schools, teachers (who have been given the sexuality education curriculum without any real consultation with the government) are overwhelmed and therefore do not always have time to discuss these mandatory concepts.
Pending greater collaboration between the government, schools and community organizations on these issues, the members of the ÉduSex Coalition are joining together to call for the implementation of measures that guarantee the right to quality sexuality education for all young people in Quebec. To this end, the Coalition is launching an awareness campaign as well as a petition to mobilize the population and call on the government to take action.
Sexuality education: a societal issue
Sexuality education is the concern of all those involved in sexuality education, including community organizations. The government can no longer ignore the essential role of community groups in sexuality education. Indeed, community groups support members of the education community and have made up for the lack of mandatory content for years.
Currently, less than $5 per student and less than two days of training for teachers are allocated to sexuality education in Quebec schools. We need to do more, and do it better!
In addition, we believe that sexuality education professionals (sexologists and community-based organizations) should be involved in decision-making and teaching content.
The ÉduSex Coalition demands that the following actions be prioritized:
- Increase funding to schools and community organizations for quality sexuality education.
- Implementing quality support mechanisms, including initial and ongoing training, to ensure the competence and sensitivity of stakeholders to the various issues addressed.
The positive impacts of adequate sexuality education
Positive, inclusive and empowering sexuality education leads to positive societal changes: a reduction in violence in intimate relationships, a reduction in violence based on gender identity and/or expression and sexual orientation, a decrease in sexual risk behaviours and STI rates. It also helps equip young Quebecers with a solid knowledge of their sexual rights.
The ÉduSex Coalition
Formed in 2018, the ÉduSex Coalition's mission is to guarantee the right to positive, inclusive and emancipatory sexuality education for all young people in Quebec. This coalition is made up of approximately one hundred organizations that want the sexuality education offered in schools to be representative of different realities and identities and to fight against the inequalities that persist.
Sign the petition to support the demands of the ÉduSex Coalition
Co-coordinator and person in charge of the sexuality education file at the FQPN