CORRECTING A LIE BY CSE CONSULTANTS TO GHANAIANS

Yesterday (September 30, 2019), there was public outrage at portions of a document purported to be the manual to be used for the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum in Ghanaian schools. The document titled ‘KnowitOwnitLiveit: Comprehensive Sexuality Education Manual’ showed content the Ghanaian public deemed inappropriate for training children.

A consultant to the CSE program took to the airwaves and denied knowledge of this ‘KnowitOwnitLiveit: Comprehensive Sexuality Education Manual’ developed by and for the ECOWAS CEDERD region. This was an outright lie because on page 5 (1) (iv) and (v) of the 2018 Ghana FP2020 Commitment Self Reporting Questionnaire, it states clearly that:

(iv) A civil society led and developed content “KnowItOwnItLiveIt” CSE manual has been adopted together with a GES source book for teachers on CSE as the content guides to drive the implementation of CSE.

(v) The guideline and the manuals have been submitted to the Minister of Education and the Ghana Education service for verification and adoption.

Interestingly, the cover page of the manual has the PPAG Ghana — one of the backers — logo on the cover page.

And by the way, why is the main hand behind this push internationally the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and locally the National Population Council. Here’s a direct quote from the 2018 Ghana FP2020 Commitment Self Reporting Questionnaire 2018, “(i)Currently, the National Population Council has led a process to develop a national guideline for the delivery of CSE in Ghana. (ii) The national guideline defines clearly age appropriate content that should be delivered at the various stages of education and is based on UNFAP, UNESCO and IPPF standards”. What has population to do with CSE? Just asking? Is there anything the government is not saying about the true aim of this rollout and policy?

For more on CSE in Ghana, read the following: UNDERSTANDING THE OUTCRY AGAINST COMPREHENSIVE SEXUAL EDUCATION IN GHANA

Public Policy analyst, formerly consulted for organizations like the Kofi Annan chaired Africa Progress Panel in Geneva, Switzerland and the NRGI

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