How Countries Around the World Teach Sex Education

If some Eastern countries are facing many difficulties in imparting sex knowledge to children due to traditional and cultural barriers, it is rather open in the West.


Here are some unique methods of sex education for children that are currently applied in the world:

United Kingdom: Preschool children are taught about sex

While preschool children in Vietnam just get introduced to colors, objects…, those in the UK receive sex education. It is stipulated in the UK law, in particular, children age five will start to learn about sex as a mandatory subject until graduating secondary school. Whether public or private, schools must have this “Government Required Course” in the curriculum. Based on the age of children, they will split the curriculum into four sections corresponding to 4 suitable stages.

Moreover, the United Kingdom is applying the method of “peer education”. Through the improvement of sex education for adolescents and the use of interactive images, this method is used to reduce the evils and status of sexual abuse in adolescents.

When those children are getting older, they would be recommended to check out some relationship advice or tips for their life at many website/blog with decent and appropriate contents. For example, one of them is  – a site for teenagers, adults learning how to keep their relationship healthy.

Malaysia: Children will receive sex education from age 4

Malaysia is one of the pioneering countries in Southeast Asia in popularizing sex education for children. Like the UK, Malaysian government encourages children to receive sex education at age 4. The Ministry of Women will compose Children’s curriculum, Family and Community Development, the Ministry of Education, experts and NGOs.

Recently, a draft syllabus for general sex education in Malaysia has been approved by the government. It means sex education will become a proper discipline in schools in the next two years. This curriculum is not limited to providing necessary reproductive knowledge, but the students will also participate in courses in human, marriage and family development, communication skills, and safe sex.

Sweden: Sex education via television

Sweden is one of the pioneering countries in providing sex education for children. Sex education program for students was implemented in Sweden as early as in 1942. One of these is “Contraceptive Education” – the first accredited program of a school. “Contraceptive Education” was brought into the curriculum for children age 7 and above to equip them with the necessary knowledge about pregnancy and birth-giving. At secondary school, students will learn about male and female physical features.

In 1966, Sweden officially launched “Contraceptive Education” and many other sex education activities on TV, breaking parents’ embarrassment when they have to talk to their kids about this topic. “Contraceptive Education” provides sufficient knowledge about pregnancy prevention for children from early age. From that place, they will know how to protect themselves from being sexually abused as well as having an unexpected pregnancy.

Netherlands: The whole family talk about sex during meals

While in many other countries parents often feel awkward and embarrassed and don’t know how to start talking with their kids about the gender issue, in Netherlands this topic is mentioned by families very often in gathering moments.

Besides, sex education was brought into the school curriculum in Netherlands very early. Even primary school students in this country learn lessons about respecting LGBT people.

Perhaps thanks to this teaching method, Netherlands has always been hailed as one of the leading countries in sex education. Netherlands is also among the countries that have the lowest rate of adolescent pregnancies in the world (0.5%).


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