In 2016 based on our experiences working with youth, specifically in the context of formal secondary education we strongly saw the need for a whole school programme that involves many topics, being one of it the need for a comprehensive sexuality education, that does not focus mainly on the physicality and sexuality as function, but on building connection and relationships and support them to develop a quality in their bodies that serves as a marker for true well-being.
Teachers and schools today have to fulfil the roles that most parents fail to do and they have to deal with many problems, such as psychological issues, lack of attention and love, depression, violence, abuse, etc. that children are coming to school with, as they are lacking the support from their homes.
But teachers are not trained for those multiple tasks and often have to rely on themselves trying to find a way to keep up with the constantly rising appearance of multiple issues. Specifically when it comes to sexuality most teachers are not trained and equipped to teach on sexuality, body image and healthy relationships.
In the absence of supporting and satisfactory direction the young, guided by an over-sexualized culture and the silent acceptance of pornography being the new status quo of what sexuality is, have found their own way to access information and learn about sex.
International studies and statistics report that our tech savvy and well-informed young live by a sense of sexual normality that is based on abuse and violence, their perception of relationships and consent are worryingly skewed.Their social interaction is characterized by bullying, cyberbullying and sexual harassment and the arising physical and psychological health conditions are more than worrying with the rise of new forms of sexual health issues such as chronic pain in young women, porn addiction, normalized sexual abuse online and offline etc.
Sexual Health, Healthy Body, Healthy Relationships is a multidimensional approach to sex education within the bigger context of the education system and from the understanding that there can only be an approach that takes into account the whole well-being of the young, developing body awareness through self-care.
It is about the whole body and how we relate to our body, building first of all a loving relationship with ourselves and from there with others.
This project works together with students, teachers and parents offering workshops for students of different age groups and presentations and seminars for teachers and parents on diverse related topics.
The project is co-financed by La Obra Social La Caixa