Sexual Education In Schools (SOS)

Sexual Education In Schools is a project on a voluntary basis, started by BeMSA and supported by ICRH and Sensoa. With this initiative we want to give adolescents access to reliable information about sexuality, including LGBTQ +. Relationships, contraception and STD prevention are also discussed. We try to give young people the opportunity to make informed and individual decisions about their body and health in a light-hearted educational way. Moreover, we want to break through some existing myths about these topics.
The SOS project is a form of peer education in which young people are supported to bring about a health-promoting behavioral change in other young people. This leads to a lower threshold for talking about sensitive topics.

How

In the context of this project, we want to spend a morning or afternoon together with a class from the 2nd to 6th secondary education. For this we recruit a team of 2-3 medical students (or other fields of medical or social studies) at Ghent University who previously received training. During our session, topics such as sexuality, puberty, relationships, consent, contraception, STDs, self-image, orientation, etc. are raised in an interactive way. Each session can be adjusted to the wishes of the school.
Due to the small age difference between students and young people and the way in which students approach adolescents, a loose atmosphere can be created in which the young people are more open to discussion and can take the correct information home with them. In addition, a question box will circulate during the session in which students are given the opportunity to ask questions anonymously.
Social media play an important role nowadays, making it increasingly easy to obtain information online. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish correct from incorrect sources. That is why at the end of the session we will also put the young people in contact with reliable information channels.

How to participate?

Does this project appeal to you?
Do you dare to stand in front of a secondary school class, are you open-minded and can you talk about sexuality without shame? Do you see yourself as a motivated training worker and do you want to help with our project?
Then come to our training weekend!
This will take place on October 18 and 19, 2019 in the Therminal. During this weekend we will try to prepare you optimally. That way you will stand confidently in front of the class.
The training weekend consists of a compulsory and a non-compulsory part.

  • Friday 7 pm – …: team building
  • Saturday morning: training session (compulsory)
  • Saturday afternoon: training session and workshop
  • Saturday 8 pm – …: evening activity

Letop: Please note: these hours are subject to change! An exact schedule can be found in the Facebook-event.

BEWARE:

Students who are only interested in the weekend without participating in the project are also welcome!
For questions and info, mail to lora@bemsa-gent.be.

katharina van parys

project responsible sos 2019-2020

Joachim De Schuijmer

PROJECT responsible SOS 2019-2020