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Sexuality Education for Teachers and Parents

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Teachers trainining

  1. 1. Are we ready to talk about it? Sexuality Education for Teachers and Parents A training program in Hungary 2013-2015 within the frame of the Pestalozzi Program of the Council of Europe
  2. 2. 30 hour-long trainingorganized for teachers, youth helpers, school psychologists and parents followed by regular parents´ group sessions on sexual education. The main goalof our program is to provide a basic introductory methodology and a set of self- reflection skills for teachers who might deal with sensitive, sex-related topics in schools and similar institutional environments. We help participants to find ways to integrate these methods and exercises into their daily work.
  3. 3. As school educators we think that comprehensive and age appropriate sex education should go far beyond health issues discussing all the positive sides of sexuality such as love,intimacy, pleasure, sex as a source of joy and energy; sex as simply something that is complex and appears in so many areas in our lives. Sexuality education also has a strong role to play in preventing children from being victims of sexual abuse by providing them on one hand with a practical definition of sexual violence and rape, and on the other hand teaching skills of how to say, “Yes” and “No!”.
  4. 4. Step 1: participants arrive with separate professional and private identities Issues addressed: - Is it possible to maintain such a separation? - Where are my personal boundaries? - Where is my comfort zone? - Do I realize the personal baggage I take to the classroom? Step 2: we go through the exercises as if the participants were the children Issues addressed: - What are the classroom tools to discuss sexuality? - How to create an environment of safety and sharing? - How to create a non-judgmental zone in the classroom? - How to avoid normativity and acknowledge different values?
  5. 5. Step 3: Participants analyze the exercises from the teachers’ perspective Issues addressed: - How to adapt the exercises to my own teaching context? - Sharing of case studies and prior experience? - How to handle unexpected situations? - How to set the limits of my competency? Step 4: Integration of the personal and the professional Issues addressed: - How to recognize that sexuality is an integrate part of human existence? - How to integrate sex ed. into different subjects? - How to integrate the personal values and the professional life? - What does it take to be a credible teacher of sexuality?
  6. 6. Are we ready to talk about it? Train the trainers We believe that comprehensive sex education can only be effective if it goes in an interactive way, with non-formal pedagogical methods, with face-to-face personal communication, open group discussions guided by well-prepared teachers where we also need to deal with the person’s psychological development. In our understanding if someone wants to deal with sexuality as a teacher, educator, coach, etc. he or she needs to go through the same learning process that s/he asks from the students. Also, s/he needs to reflect his or her own position in the teaching context.
  7. 7. Participants become aware of how our own norms, values, cultural background influences our sexuality In a teaching context this awareness is inevitable not only because in many situations it is hardly possible to separate our personal sexual identity (as we are mothers, fathers, singles or lovers, heterosexual or queer, etc.) from our professional one, but because we as teachers are role models and convey many un-reflected messages to our kids as a whole person. Our training is based on discussing the main norms and values we share or don’t share both in pedagogy and sexuality.
  8. 8. Dora Djamila Mester: sex-educator, director at Ars Erotica Foundation for Sexuality Education and the Acceptance of Sexual diversity Attila Andics: psychologist, teacher, civil activist and brain researcher, volunteer sex-educator at Ars Erotica Foundation Györgyi Séllei: coach, sexologist and sex-educator working with teen groups, nurses, teachers