MUSLIMS.NET ARTICLE- Britons against sex classes for children

 (Part of Al-jazeerah publishing)- CAIRO – With the British government planning to offer sex classes in primary schools, a campaign has been launched on the world’s largest social network Facebook to counter the move, reported the Rochdale Observer on Saturday, April 25.

“We believe the teaching of SRE (sex and relationship education) in schools is inappropriate, both in terms of the philosophy which underpins the way it is approached as well as the resources used,” campaigner Majed Iqbal said.

Iqbal, a British Muslim, has launched a Facebook group themed “Rochdale Muslims against Sex and Relationship Education for 5 year olds” to campaign against plans to introduce sex classes in primary schools.

“There is a misguided belief that children will engage in sexual relations, all of the solutions look at making this behavior ‘safe’ rather than challenging the lack of values which make this behavior acceptable.”

The government has unveiled plans to offer sex classes for pupils as part of efforts to protect children from early pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and substance abuse.

During the classes, children will learn the names of body parts and about animal reproduction.

Children, between the age of eight and 11, will also be taught about the biological aspects of sex.

They will also be taught to talk about peer pressure and their feelings.

A signature campaign has been also launched by Muslims to demand the dropping of the scheme.

Britain is home to nearly 2.4 million Muslims.

The government argues that the classes are important to shield the children against abuses.

“Effective and early PSHE (personal, social and health education) lays vital foundations for sex and relationships education (SRE) in the future, because it involves the development of the personal and social skills necessary for positive relationships,” said Terry Piggott, Rochdale’s executive director of children’s services.

He said all schools are required to set a policy outlining the provision of sex education, but each school creates its own individual program.

“Rochdale primary schools recognize the vital role they play in building on the learning established within the home and early years settings and in laying the foundations for more detailed SRE later on in secondary school.

“Parents and carers who have concerns should contact their child’s school if they need further detail with regards to this aspect of the curriculum.”

But the Muslim campaigner disputes the argument.

“Children do not need information, they need to be taught what is right and wrong,” Iqbal said.

“They need to be shown and taught what the boundaries of acceptable behavior are.”

SOURCE: (Part of Al-jazeerah publishing)

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  1. There is a time and a place for education including sex education. It does not begin at the age of 5 or 13 or 18. It begins as soon as a child is born. Children need to learn age-appropriate education right from day one. For example no one in their right mind would teach a two year old or even a five year old about the physics of nuclear bombs. It just is not appropriate. However a bright two year old or definitely a five year old may have questions about certain aspects of nuclear bombs, especially if they come across coverage of the subject on the news or in newspapers. such questions cannot be ignored or brushed aside, but need to be addressed in an age-appropriate manner.

    As for sex education it begins with a child being taught the appropriate names for their body parts, including their genitalia right from birth. Too many parents are too embarrased to use the proper names for penis and vagina and make up foolish terms which will then stick with the child for life. No one would call an arm – that dangly thing on either side of the body, so why make up such terms for the genitcals. A 2, 3, 4, 5 etc year old needs to know enough biology to know what the body parts are for and how to take appropriate care of them (including ablutions). As a child enters their teenage years they need to be taught sufficient facts about what is happening to their body and the changes that will occur over the next few years, including the process of reproduction. Ignoring these facts is not being “Islamic” and it makes no difference whether the children are taught in schools or at home. Teaching children about their bodies is not the same as encouraging promiscuity.

    Gangs of so-called “Muslim” youths that think it is appropriate to abuse girls are not being Islamic – in fact such people are probably into other non-Islamic (ie Haram) things such as taking drugs and stealing. However a lack of education and respect for the other sex is more likely to encourage such behaviour.

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