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 which 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. This is stipulated in the UK law, in particular, children age 5 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 4 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 applied to reduce the evils and status of sexual abuse in adolescents.

When those children are getting older, they would be recommended to checkout some relationship advices 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 from age 4. Children’s curriculum will be composed by the Ministry of Women, 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. This means sex education will become an official discipline in schools in the next 2 years. This curriculum is not limited at providing necessary reproductive knowledge but the students will also participate in courses on 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 at a school. “Contraceptive Education” was brought into the curriculum for children age 7 and above to equip them with basic knowledge about pregnancy and birth giving. At secondary school, students will learn about male and female physiological features.

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