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ERIC Number: EJ1096220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
The Importance of European Standards and a Human Rights-Based Approach in Strengthening the Implementation of Sexuality Education in Ireland
Wilentz, Grace
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v16 n4 p439-445 2016
Ireland is in the midst of a sexual and reproductive health and rights sea change. The year 2015 alone saw significant shifts in the social, policy and legal spheres, including the landslide vote for marriage equality in a national referendum, and the passage of the Gender Recognition Act. These are landmarks that clearly show the appetite for progress and change on sexual rights issues in Ireland, and sexuality education is no exception. However, there is a demonstrated need for greater public and political will to put pressure on the government to generate stronger accountability mechanisms for ensuring the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme, a compulsory programme for all students from junior infants until 6th year (roughly from age 6 to 18), is actually delivered in line with stated policy objectives. Immediate concerns include ensuring all schools comply with requirements to develop an RSE policy and implement programming accordingly. There is also a need to end the practice of delivering biased or incomplete programming, such as stigmatising or abstinence-only programmes. Meeting the basic requirements set forth by the Department of Education are crucial, particularly in enabling sexuality education in Ireland to evolve and grow to keep pace with emerging and new challenges resulting from social developments and new technologies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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