Sex education: The state has been skipping classes for 20 years.

Since 2001, the law provides for 3 annual sex education sessions throughout the school years. In practice, however, this is not the case and the entire population suffers the consequences. Through a series of micro sidewalks, the plan gives those affected a say.

The report is shocking and unanimous

People all express their great interest in the subject, but also their lack of knowledge. In the middle of the election campaign, Planning blows the whistle for the end of the break and urges the candidates to finally get going.

In 2001, the legislature set a good example for sex education in schools by requiring 3 annual sessions, adapted to the children’s ages, in schools, colleges and high schools. Since then, the authorities have repeatedly reaffirmed the mandatory nature of these meetings.

It seems to have taken what adequate and quality sex education can generate for society as a whole: improved prevention and reduction of risks related to sexual and reproductive health (unintended pregnancies, STIs, HIV, etc.), combating gender stereotypes, the fight against sexist and sexual violence, the fight against LGBT-phobic discrimination, the promotion of equality between women and men… In short, we can assume that the state has validated the theory test. As far as passing the practical test, however, it frankly leaves a lot to be desired!

A quarter of schools have no sex education at all

At the end of their school days, the students had on average only one or two lessons instead of the 21 required by law.

“Evaluation reports, which are rarely published, and surveys follow one another. The results are not very good every time, with little or no improvement over time: inadequacy and fragmentation of funding, failure of the national administration, strong territorial inequalities, quantity and quality of actions subject to the good will of the directors of the institution, …” .

Sarah Durocher, Co-President for Family Planning

Frankly, the state is not up to the task of implementation, with an apparent lack of political will. Faced with this public failure, some French people try to clear their misunderstandings by seeking answers from relatives, porn and TV series, with varying degrees of success. In retrospect, everyone emphasized how much they would have wished for better support.

Based on these results, Planning is launching a national communication campaign to highlight the inadequacy of sex education sessions and their consequences.

Planning is asking presidential candidates to commit to applying the 2001 law by providing the funds

  • Schools are demanding. But every year, for lack of sufficient funds, the planning has to reject interference in sex education. The situation needs to change urgently!
  • Increase public funding for organizations offering sex education sessions to €4.5 million/year, MINIMUM = €288/intervention in 5 classes per facility + €600 for coordination and preparation, for 1 single intervention/year
  • Increase allocation of EVARS (emotional, relational and sexual habitats) by €5.6 million/year (doubling €2.8 million allocation for 2020)
  • Improving national governance between stakeholders involved in funding, organizing and promoting sex education
  • Educational and outreach professionals for sex education (training and further education)
  • Ensuring quality sex education (sessions based on a global approach, integration of socio-emotional development, human rights, reducing gender and social inequalities, public health concepts, etc.) and diversity of stakeholders (no overload of teachers, unique and punctual Relationship… )
  • Ensuring an official evaluation of the public actions carried out

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