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Planning Sex Education With Students

Students will take part in the development and implementation of a new model for sex education in schools. Working with specialists at The Family Federation of Finland, secondary school students will gather topics based on what interests them and use this information to create the course content.

What is the idea of the experiment?

The goal is to create a sex education format in collaboration with students for the students’ voices to be heard and to gather content that is based on their experiences and concerns. The information from the outcome of this experiment will be used further in the future in a variety of ways. In teaching student-centered sex education, students will more likely learn from reliable sources rather than search for unofficial ones. The aim is to teach without guilt and fear based learning and make sex education a positive subject.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

The Family Federation of Finland has conducted several researches on the needs and hopes of students in terms of sex education in schools. More informal approaches to the student-centered learning in this subject has been performed by schools themselves if they have been keen on doing so. What’s unique about this experiment is that the students will be participating in the planning process and implementation of the new sex education format alongside the school teachers and administrators from beginning to end enabling students to influence the things they will learn.

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

In partnership with a school, in the Fall of 2016 we will begin to research what students want to learn in sex education. The Family Federation of Finland will provide the educational material to spike conversation. Students will discuss matters in groups that are lead by a teacher or another responsible adult and the information will be written down for further use. The idea is to get as much specific detail as possible on what students want to learn about. In the Spring of 2017 the new sex education format will be implemented into schools. Students will be the ones to put it to practice with the help of specialists. Students will turn from passive receivers of information into active creators of content.

What kind of changes do you hope to see in schools with this experiment?

Sex education raises awareness on topics such as diversity and tolerance. It teaches valuable life and social skills that support the development of self-esteem. In this experiment students will explore topics that have prior been understated in schools, but are of the kind that have an impact on everyone in one way or another. This experiment will create better tools for teachers and students to study the subject authentically from the viewpoint of young people.

Contact Information

Organization: The Family Federation of Finland

School(s): Takahuhti Secondary School, Kaakkuri Secondary School, Haukipudas Secondary School and Laanila Secondary School.

Contact person: Miila Halonen

Contact email: miila.halonen@vaestoliitto.fi

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