Sex education is not about sex, it’s about helping children transition smoothly from childhood to adulthood, says Anju Kish
HYDERABAD, Feb 13 I(the CONNECT) – Let us break the taboos and make sex education acceptable and accessible to all, educator Anju Kish said.
We can educate only when we talk openly, Anju said participating in a session “Untaboo Your Parenting” organised by Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO), Hyderabad Chapter.
Anju, mother of 2 teenagers, said she is am working towards changing the mindsets and making people realize that sex education is not about sex, but about helping children transition smoothly from childhood to adulthood with a very positive and responsible attitude.
India is said to have a high rate of teenage pregnancies. An estimated 53% of children, between the ages of 5 to 12, are sexually abused. The average age at which a child in India watches porn is 11 and experiments with sex is 14 years.
Many believe that sex education corrupts children, but the statistics of our country where there is sex education proves that sex education is not the culprit, it is the solution to keep the child safe, Anju said.
Untaboo is a company dedicated to Sex-Sexuality-Safety education launched in 2011 as ‘Out of the Box’, when it was an out of the box idea to discuss, but in today’s scenario it is a need, an urgent one, says the speaker. “Though we are a developed nation, and is on par with the best in the world, there are still taboos surrounding it. Still there is a lot of hesitation. No one talks openly about it. But this must change,” she added.