- The P.D. Debate on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)
Students of Std. 7 have been engaging in a module on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) over the last few months as part of their Personality Development (PD) classes. The initial few sessions of the class were marked by student apprehensions and discussions around the purpose of such learning. Students reviewed articles and blogs as well as penned down individual reflections in their personal P.D. journals. The discussions were facilitated by me and with the help of individual feedback, classroom activities and videos we engaged with our thoughts and ideas in a safe, healthy space. While this process prepared them for the module and for further classes on CSE, students decided to bring forth these apprehensions and conflicting views in society to parents and others through a Debate on the Project Day. Students took up various character roles (lawyer, social activist and politician) and presented views about CSE in schools from their respective character’s perspective. The debate was a huge hit with a demand for extra shows on both days. Students presented complex views covering varied aspects – legal, social, political, psychological and biological – of development and presented a strong case for CSE in schools. Parents, visitors and students in the audience were attentive throughout the debate and asked interesting questions to the speakers. Here’s presenting snapshots and the exclusive recording of the debate on the Facebook page !