The interim sexual education curriculum provided to Ontario teachers does not include enough information for children to form healthy relationships, and MCC Toronto is offering a solution.
Our church will provide a full day of sexual education, empathy, and diversity training for city kids on Friday November 16, a designated Professional Activity day for Toronto Public and Catholic Schools.
Following this Summer’s repeal of the 2015 curriculum by the newly elected conservative government, interim materials were quickly prepared for teachers to use until a new sex-ed program is developed. MCC Toronto joins a chorus of criticism claiming the interim curriculum ignores issues such as gender diversity and the rights of LGBTQ2S+ students.
“This isn’t a partisan issue, this is a human rights issue,” said Senior Pastor Reverend Jeff Rock. “It is essential that our children are taught age-appropriate sexual education to keep them safe from predators and to ensure that the full diversity of families are represented in their learning. Our community is saying that what’s happened here is discriminatory and puts some kids at greater risk of sexual violence. Now the Ontario Human Rights Commission is saying the same thing.”
MCC Toronto has been an advocate for equality in public education for over twenty years. In a joint venture with the Toronto District School Board, MCC Toronto houses and financially supports the Triangle Program, Canada’s oldest alternative high school for LGBTQ2S+ youth.
With the assistance of qualified teaching volunteers, the church is providing a full-day program for children that explores consent, diversity of families, and respecting one another. The program is being offered free of charge and free of any religious agenda.
“Our program will focus on healthy relationships,” said Andrew Holmes, team leader for the Children and Families Ministry and a clergy candidate at MCC Toronto. “The modern curriculum was all about how we relate to our selves, our friends and our families in healthy and positive ways.”
MCC Toronto’s Sexual Education PA Day is being developed to teach age appropriate material based on the repealed 2015 curriculum. The program facilitators are retired teachers and individuals with training and experience in childhood development. Space is limited to fewer than 100 students. To register or for more information, please email email@example.com.
Updated on October 10, 2018