The government of Uganda has announced that it would be introducing children as young as three years in schools to sex education.
The country’s undersecretary for the education ministry Aggrey Kibenge is reported by the Daily Monitor in Uganda to have said that the content of the educational guideline for teaching the subject is to promote various skills and values among these children.
The content for this educational guideline has been grouped into five categories to suit the age differences in the proposed subject, according to local media.
For the first level, children between the ages of three and five will be exposed to knowledge about their body parts, unacceptable forms of body touch and importance of proper nutrition.
Education officials believe this should help children at this stage to develop awareness, refusal and communicative skills.
For children between the ages of six and nine, they will be taught why some body parts are considered private, puberty, pregnancy, inappropriate touch and when to report it.
They will also learn about HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted diseases. The third stage will now focus on young adolescents from the ages of ten to twelve.
This group of children will be taught personal hygiene during puberty, importance of abstinence and peer pressure.
The other levels of the policy would cater for children who are between thirteen years and sixteen and those above seventeen years.
Mr .Kibenge is quoted as saying that the framework of the guideline for the new sex education in schools “gives us a minimum position which we expect will inform engagement and inform a child with regard to the nature of trust that this child will have with people around them.”