First sexual health curriculum launched in Pakistan

Published: September 25, 2013

The launch is an attempt to impart formal education to youngsters on SRHR.

ISLAMABAD: Hayat-Lifeline Campaign launched Pakistan’s first curriculum regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) at a national conference held here on Wednesday.

The launch is an attempt to impart formal education to youngsters on SRHR.

The curriculum has been developed through close engagement of religious scholars, government officials, parents, teachers and youngsters.

The curriculum has two different levels and separate editions for boys and girls. Level One is for children aged 10-12 years, while Level Two is designed for adolescents aged 13 -15.

A number of renowned religious leaders and political personalities participated in the launching ceremony. The event was distributed in four different sessions with various speakers talking to the audience on different aspects of SRHR education.

Minister of State Education and Standards in Higher Education, Baleeg-ur-Rehman was the guest of honour at the launching ceremony.

Four provinces sign MoUs

Several Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between Hayat-Lifeline and different government departments such as Youth Affairs Department Government of Balochistan, Women Development Department Govenrment of Sindh, Population Welfare Department Governent of Punjab, Social Welfare Department Government of Balochistan, Sports and Youth Affairs Department Government of Sindh and Social Welfare Department Govt. of Punjab.

Baleegur Rehman launched the curriculum in the third session of the ceremony, voicing ample admiration for the initiative. He also noted that the federal government should take all necessary steps to eliminate the loopholes in our current education system.

Former Federal Minister of Industries Jahangir Tareen also shared his thoughts at the event, emphasising the need to educate youngsters.

Tareen said that the K-P government had set aside a large portion of the budget for education, as per PTI’s education policy.

He commended Hayat-Lifeline on completing the tough job of developing a curriculum on SRHR.

Former Minister for Population Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali in her address stated that an important matter such as SRHR education should not be overlooked just because it is considered to be a taboo in our society.

Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneebur Rehman stated that the age factor should be kept in mind when spreading such education.

General Secretary Wifaqul Madaaras Molana Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri pointed out that student in religious institutes were already being given this education.

Chairman Ulema Council Pakistan Hafiz Tahir Asharfi termed Hayat-Lifeline’s initiate as great, saying that time has come to address these issues because there are several problems due to these social problems.

Federal secretary ministry of Capital Development and Authority (CAD) Faridullah Khan fully endorsed the campaign and curriculum, saying authorities at the federal level would help the campaign implement this curriculum.

Literati Amjad Islam Amjad elaborated the role of a father in educating and guiding the children. He was of the view that being the caretaker of the whole family, role of the father is really crucial.

Youth Leader Ali Moeen Nawazish discussed the key problems faced by youngsters these days. He stated in clear terms that parents and teachers usually don’t guide adolescents on such issues.

Fourth and the final session was based on panel discussion which included a number of religious leaders and opinion makers including Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Allama Amin Shaheedi, journalists Kashif Abbasi, Nadeem Malik, Dr Moeed Pirzada, Javed Iqbal, Asma Shirazi and Talat Hussain. Politician Marvi Memon was also a part of the discussion.

Religious leaders answered the questions raised by participants on the Islamic perspective of SRHR knowledge, in detail.

Marvi Memon of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz appreciated the involvement of religious scholars over the sensitive subject of SRHR.

Hayat-Lifeline Campaign Chief Executive said that the next step was implementing the curriculum, which required that government officials, religious scholars, media and other stakeholders continue supporting the cause.

Reader Comments (18)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 25, 2013 - 11:39PM

    A positive step taken after a long time. This should have launched two decades ago, however, it is never late.

    This will not only educate the youth in the society but will also spread information from educated youths to uneducated youths in far flung areas.

    I wish if some private TV channel should spare some time to lime light on the issued faced by the youth of today and also the private TV channels should start TV programmes about it.

    It is a wrong perception that the youth of today does not know any thing, but the reality is that the youth of today knows every thing, which an audit or a married person knows about the private life.

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  • saeed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 11:53PM

    ET please give news of rupee crashing and economy downfall…petrol and electricity prices hike as head line news also…why this issue is not mentioned at all on your site..let me guesssss ???????

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  • Doc
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:18AM

    Why??just why was it needed??the coutries who teach such stuff in skools have the worst rate of under age preganacy, out of marriage sex and single parenthood…just why was this so much needed for a nation with no electricity no food no basic life needs….goverment has no disaster management plans but has started educating about sex….what an achievement. This program has been sponsored by USAID… Guess not many knew this……just teach islam proper islam….upgrade science syllabus upgrade mathematics….so outdated….please Allah save my Pakistan my people….so mislead by corrupt leaders….save these children from these corrupt leaders with hidden agendasRecommend

  • GS@Y
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:24AM

    What does the curriculum cover though? What are the aims and objectives or learning outcomes, and what approach had been adopted? Simply reporting on who was in attendance and said what is not sufficient.

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  • Hamza
    Sep 26, 2013 - 1:12AM

    @saeed:
    There only want to defame pti pti pti and again pti

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  • Sani Bello karoga
    Sep 26, 2013 - 2:30AM

    Assl Alkm please pakistan Islamic scholars what did you say about this sex education how legal or illegal it is in Islam?

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:11AM

    In USA they teach in sexed class that “Best sex is no sex”.

    Could these people please tell in the beginning of the courses that it is only for Married people!

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  • FoY
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:10AM

    @saeed:
    It’s there. you are probably in the wrong section.

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  • Hussain
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:02AM

    @Doc:
    Mr. Doc. Please take note that there are 25 positive “Recommend” in the comment that congratulates this initiative and none to your comment. Possibly you will understand what is the real feeling of the society.

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  • The Patriotic
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:25AM

    @ DOC:
    I Agree 100% with you……

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  • TTV
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:32AM

    @Doc:
    Why shouldn’t a girl who has been raped be made aware of the fact that she could prevent becoming pregnant by taking birth control medication? Why shouldn’t the married couple living in the slums be made aware of the fact that they could still have intercourse without ending up with another mouth to feed? Why shouldn’t the boy who gets molested by his uncle be made aware of the fact that it’s not right for grown men to touch him there?

    Sex ed IS needed and should be taught to every adolescent in school. A person’s religion should have no say in the matter.

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  • Waqar
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:35AM

    Its a good step taken in to future but i suggest to establish it to a greater level.

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  • Zargar
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:50AM

    For your information there are things teachable but certain things which are not teachable, so Sex is not a teachable thing and when this comes to teaching it influences with politics (the term politics is different here).

    I my opinion rather than teaching sex we as a nation need to learn the differences between right and wrong.

    Biology subject in 9th grade and above is pretty rich to give or teach about sex and reproductive system so I doubt this act of Govt would change something positive.

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  • Anwar Shahzad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:33PM

    I don’t know why we are so much against sex education.It is allowed in Islam and we can find a lot of material on it in Islamic books. It is a very good step to include all these things for the education of adolescents. One should have complete knowledge of his/her body and body requirements. Engaging religious scholars is a good step to make it more appropriate for the children without offending any religious value.

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  • Gemini
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:10PM

    @Doc: It was necessary because your, mine and other peoples kids are not safe in school now a days. Sexual education doesn’t only means to teach a kid to use a condom always but it is more than we think. Touching a kid on their secret places and abusing them is increasing on daily basis, which can be avoid with the help of these educational programs. Parents are not sending their kids in separate boys and girls schools, parents are preferring their kids to go in a co-education environment not because they are open minded but they are afraid due to the increase of gay-ism and lesbianism in schools nowadays.Recommend

  • Hina
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:38PM

    Our friend Doc seems to think that sex doesnt exist in our society. Is that why we all multiply like rabbits?

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  • Jav
    Sep 27, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Finally! The nation might feel a little less frustrated.

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  • Marzina
    Oct 11, 2013 - 10:01PM

    Its very good initiative. however i am more interested to know how this will be actually implemented? will this b the part of regular curriculum or it would b taught as extra curricular activity? does govt agreed to hire more teachers to teach this?

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