United States-affiliated advocacy groups are stalling the implementation of sex education lessons in South Africa.
New lesson plans on sex education being stalled
The Ministry of Education in South Africa is having difficulty implementing new lessons on sex education in schools due to interference from advocacy groups affiliated with the U.S. The following groups are openly expressing their objection with the new plans of the Ministry of Education: the Family Policy Institute, Freedom of Religion South Africa, and SAOU-a teachers’ union.
These three groups are encouraging the people to oppose the new Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) plan of the government. They are objecting to CSE for its violation of traditional religious values and aggressive approach to children.
But, according to the Ministry of Education, CSE is designed to educate students about values related to sexuality, approaches in different sexual behaviors, and maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle. Specific topics under this new lesson talk about sexual consent, sexual diversity, sexual orientation, and self-pleasure.
The U.S. influence in Africa
Anti-sex-education movements are very common with U.S. pro-family advocacy groups. These groups make use of their influence and monetary capacity to work their way through struggling countries to implement their advocacies.
The U.S.-affiliated advocacy groups in South Africa just started their campaign to stall and eradicate the proposed new sex education program in the country. Family Watch International has organized a movement called Protect Children South Africa Coalition to stop the implementation of CSE programs, which they think is exploitative on children.
The coalition firmly believes that there are controversial CSE programs that were used as a medium to exploit students to embrace the liberty of sexual practices.
They are indoctrinating the youth on sexual narratives, embracing sexual promiscuity, allowing abortion, and exploring sexual pleasure.
Family Watch International has also extended its influence in other poor countries like Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. This is no different from anti-gender bias campaigns they are promoting in European countries like Brazil and Hungary.
Many U.S.-affiliated groups have already shown a great deal of success in their policy campaigns in countries in the South. Their influence might have been a big factor in having their ways in different instances.
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