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Malaysia: Yes to Gender Education

The Malaysia National Service Training Council is planning a comprehensive sex education programme that goes beyond just HIV and AIDS, but calling it gender education.

 

Council chairman Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe said the National Service Training Department had compiled information and data from various bodies, including the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, religious bodies, women's groups and non-governmental organisations. It is expected to study and discuss the introduction of sex education courses at National Service training programmes at its next meeting later this month.

 

 

"We want to introduce a programme which is more structured and to achieve our objectives," he said at the Kuching International Airport after receiving 81 NS trainees from the 7/2010 series who arrived from Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Tiki also proposed that the course be renamed to gender education so that it would be more palatable. "There are people who like to twist facts and confuse the public. So, instead of using 'sex education', it would be less sensitive and more diplomatic to use 'gender education'. We also don't want sex education lessons to be used as an excuse to create problems in the camps."

 

140,000 participants were selected to attend the NS 7/2010 series at 79 camps throughout the country. The Malaysia National Service Training Programme is a three-month programme where conscripts are 17-year-old youths that are selectively drafted so as to encourage friendship between youths of certain ages from different races and ethnic groups and address concerns that the country's various races were becoming increasingly isolated from one another.

 

What do you make of calling sex education as gender education instead? According to University of Mary Washington, gender is a state of being male or female, typically with reference to social or cultural differences rather than biological. University of Wisconsin System refers to gender as a designation of the sex - male or female. Even the term sex education can be misleading in inferring to just the physical act of sex.

 

SIECUS defines sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values. It encompasses sexual development, sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy, body image, and gender roles.

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