Parents must lead sexuality education – Catholic Bishops

Parents must lead sexuality education – Catholic Bishops
President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh

Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference has urged parents to take up the responsibility of educating their children about sexuality.

The bishops say instead of allowing foreign interests to fund the government to draw a programme on sexuality education, parents must lead the process.

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh, said the issue of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) that became topical in the country recently, would not have arisen if parents played a good missionary role in the lives of their children.

Addressing the 2019 plenary assembly of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference in Cape Coast, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale asked parents to rise up and provide a proper parental role in the lives of their children.

Many groups have questioned the supposed introduction of CSE believed to subtly condition pupils to explore Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) lifestyles.

But the Ghana Education Service and the Education Ministry have denied it.

The Ghana government and United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched the CSE programme this year in a bid to empower adolescents and young people to attain a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

Known as the “Our right, Our lives, Our Future (O³), CSE is supported by governments of Sweden and Ireland.

It is being implemented in Ghana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe for what proponents say will be an effective delivery of quality comprehensive sexuality programmes.

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