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Professor Alan Smith is UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster. Publishing along with Professor Tony Gallagher of Queen’s University, Belfast  they gave the DENI the research basis for changing post-primary education in Northern Ireland. Parents, pupils and  teachers have suffered the consequences ever since.

Now a  June report from the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) suggests children of all countries and cultures are entitled to sexual and reproductive education beginning at age five.

In its rationale for creating the guidelines, the UNESCO report said it is “essential to recognize the need and entitlement of all young people to sexuality education.” An appendix backed that claim by pointing to a 2008 report from the International Planned Parenthood Federation that argued governments “are obligated to guarantee sexual rights,” and that “sexuality education is an integral component to human rights.”


For those aged 5 to 8, some key concepts to be discussed are:

— “Touching and rubbing one’s genitals is called masturbation” and that “girls and boys have private body parts that can feel pleasurable when touched by oneself.”
— That “people receive messages about sex, gender, and sexuality from their cultures and religions.”
— That “all people regardless of their health status, religion, origin, race or sexual status can raise a child and give it the love it deserves.”
— “Gender inequality,” “examples of gender stereotypes,” and “gender-based violence.”
— Description of fertilization, conception, pregnancy, and delivery.

It is incredible that not a word of concern has been raised by any of Northern Ireland’s educationalists.