Why Sex Ed Is Important

School is the place where young teens truly become adults. There, they are developing structured thinking and laying the foundations of the social and professional future. As we know, adolescence is a difficult time, full of searches and rarely answers.

Under these conditions, sex education in schools is essential for the future development of adolescents. When it comes to developing countries, sex education can be crucial to keeping sexually transmitted diseases under control, of which HIV is the most dangerous.

Another aspect where sexuality education is beneficial is how different cultures relate to sexuality. In fact, the problem is much deeper and relates directly to how teenagers receive advice on sex and everything that sexuality means. Even in countries with a high standard of living, family and close counseling tends to confuse young people. In most cases, the anathema placed on sex does not disappear, and adolescents avoid talking about this topic in the future. With few exceptions, what young people learn at home is useless.

Since the impact of the first sexual experiences is a major one, young people need to be prepared early and know, with good and bad, what sex means. In India, a country with multiple problems arising from poor sex education (HIV infections, high birth rates among adolescents, etc), have been attempts to impose sex education in schools. Even though some educational institutions have run sexual education programs, there is a constant opposition from the authorities regarding this kind of programs.

There is a paragraph on Wikipedia dedicated to the results of a survey conducted in South Delhi, where you can see how precarious the situation is .

In Jordan, a relatively modern country but where sexuality is still a taboo subject, it has been decided to implement sex education in refugee camps after a relatively funny incident. Officially, there is sex education in schools in Jordan, but the way it is implemented varies. We can say that in many countries where the expression of adolescent sexuality is still a problem, we do not have a consistent sex education.

The examples can go on endlessly. What we need to keep in mind is that no matter how difficult the subject of sex is, it must be explained to young people. No shame and no detours. Sex education has proven beneficial effects, as opposed to abstinence theory, still promoted as the best solution. It has been shown that sex education in schools does not lead to an increase in sexual intercourse between young people, but rather to a more natural approach to something that would have happened anyway.