Request for information from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education

/ Solicitud del Relator sobre el DD a la Educacion, Informe sobre DD a la ed xexual – (In order for the information received to be used for the report of the Special Rapporteur, submission of responses is encouraged as soon as possible and no later than 21 May 2010).

Received by e-mail: From: Vernor Muñoz, Date: 14/05/2010.

Dear List Members, The annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education to Be presented before the UN General Assembly in 2010 will focus on the Human Right to a Sexual Education. The Special Rapporteur has identified several axes to be developed in his report and for this reason is requesting the cooperation of all stakeholders by providing information, documentation and relevant comments. 

The axes that the Special Rapporteur submits should not be considered as a questionnaire, but rather guidelines that allows people, institutions and organizations, submit existing information, such as statistics, programs or curriculum proposals, research, academic studies and other documentation deemed useful for this purpose. The Special Rapporteur would specially thank to hear the opinion of students, teachers and parents.

It is strongly recommended that submissions are made in English or Spanish, due to our limited capacity for translation. However, contributions in any of the UN working language are welcome. Please send contributions to the report by e-mail here, or here.

In order for the information received to be used for the report of the Special Rapporteur, submission of responses is encouraged as soon as possible and no later than 21 May 2010.

The topics to be developed in the report are:

  • I. Legal framework.
  • II. Incorporation of Sexual Education in the official curriculum of compulsory education: Inclusion in the official curriculum. Incorporation through plans and projects. Ages in which it is provided. Joint Education of boys and girls Proportional time in relation to the total curriculum. Teacher´s profile.
  • III. Incorporation of Sexual Education in teacher´s training: Levels in which teachers are trained regarding Sexual Education Curriculums available.
  • IV. Gender Mainstreaming in Sexual Education Outline of contents Gender and Violence Against Women perspective. Non discrimination approach Diversity approach Masculinity.
  • V. Obstacles in the implementation of Sexual Education: Barriers from the Governments, such as budget, training, etc. Practices and actors affecting negatively this task. Specific barriers in public policy.
  • VI. Best practices.

We welcome and appreciate your cooperation. Vernor Muñoz, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Human Rights Council, United Nations, Phone: (506) 2203-5331, Fax: (506) 2203-5331, PO BOX: 1245-1007, Centro Colon, Costa Rica, e-mail.

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