Sexuality education is a form of education that takes various dimensions of human experience into account and covers a variety of subjects: knowledge of the body, body image, gender stereotypes, romantic feelings.
It enables students to:
- better understand themselves
- establish emotional relationships that show respect for themselves and others
- develop critical thinking and good judgment along with a sense of responsibility
Children and adolescents already receive sexuality education in Québec schools, but what they learn varies from one school to another.
To provide students with sexuality education that covers all the important issues, the Ministère intends to give it a more formal place in students’ education.
Some 15 schools will carry out a pilot project during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. Sexuality education could be extended to all schools starting in the 2017-2018 school year.
The various topics will be taught in an age-appropriate manner and instruction will foster the students’ development and make them less vulnerable to certain problems.
Québec schools have exercised their responsibility with respect to sexuality education for almost 40 years. This was first carried out through the Personal and Social Education Program, which ran from the 1980s to the start of this century. Since that time, sexuality education has been provided by school staff using a variety of means.