10.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

A Working Group on Sexuality Education

© UNESCO\Eduardo FujiseOpen ceremony of the seminar with the presence of representatives of: São Paulo Municipal Sec. of Educatio, São Paulo State Sec. of Education, Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic Sec., UNESCO Chair on the Professional Development of Teachers, Carlos Chagas Foundation and UNESCO in Brazil

A Working Group will follow up the discussions that took place this last Wednesday (9 October), during the seminar Sexuality Education and Gender Relations in Undergraduate Teacher Education, promoted by UNESCO Office in Brazil in partnership with Carlos Chagas Foundation and UNESCO Chair on the Professional Development of Teachers.

The objective of this Working Group will be to outline guidelines so that university undergraduate curricula so the themes related to sexuality and gender relations can be included. This way, the group intends to contribute to the elaboration of public policies that can guarantee the fundamental human rights of access to education with quality and respect to learning environments.

The debate follow-up proposal emerged from the experiences on sexuality education and gender that were presented during the seminar, showing the challenge of articulation for overcoming difficulties. “We are not thinking of the practice, but only the theory. Yes, this is what the university is for, but it gets diffused when it needs to propose a change in university curricula,” affirmed Sandra Unbehaum, researcher of Carlos Chagas Foundation.

The Officer of Educational Projects at UNESCO in Brazil, Mariana Braga, proposed the consolidation of best practices presented in the seminar. In addition, she reinforced the commitment of the Organization on supporting this discussion. “We are available to collaborate and to raise again the issues on sexuality education and gender as they should.”

The event gathered different public and private educational institutions of higher education of eight states of Brazil, Federal District, Pará, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo, besides authorities of Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, of the Ministry of Health in Brazil and State and Municipal Secretariats of Educations of São Paulo State.

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