The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education drafted a document containing guidelines on reproductive health education and this is what we at LGBT+ Rights Ghana have to say about it:
“To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis.
The essence of education is basically to learn by acquiring knowledge and skills in order to wholly interact with one’s environment peacefully and dexterously. This calls for an all-inclusive and holistic approach to learning experiences not rather biased theoretical approach to real experiences which would only leave some learners confused, repressed and left out.
In view of this, the aforementioned group wishes to contribute to the Reproductive Health Education by drawing the attention of curriculum developers and education policy makers to a few facts that may be subjected to neglect.
The group would like to stress the fact that gender is beyond just maleness and femaleness; other learners naturally do not see themselves psychologically, emotionally and sometimes physically falling within any of the 2 gender sect completely or exclusively, regardless of their physical and/or biological gender assignments. The neglect of such learning experience would only subject them to psychological trauma. Since the purpose of education is not to further create conflicts within the minds of learners who are the very fiber of the society and our future as a nation, we entreat that the concept of gender identity and expression which is beyond just being male and female must be looked at and properly incorporated into the curriculum.
Alex Kofi Donkor
Director – LGBT+ Rights Ghana