Family Planning: Indonesia #3
Sex education is not a formal part of the national curriculum in Indonesia but apparently it does happen in a haphazard way in many schools. As indicated in an earlier post, it can be highly contentious in this secular nation with its deep religious roots. This is especially true when the universal obsession with celebrity encounters sexual scandal:
A homemade sex video involving two of Indonesia’s biggest celebrities has captivated the country for nearly a month, with millions downloading the offending clips to their mobile phones.
…But at the heart of the issue is how Indonesians talk about sex, or rather, what is not said. Sex education is not part of the national curriculum, and that worries health experts who say Indonesian teenagers put themselves at risk trying to learn about a subject that, in most places, is still too taboo to discuss in public.
…A week after the sex videos first appeared on the internet, Education Minister Muhammad Nuh rejected public proposals to formally teach sex education in the country’s classrooms. He said children would learn about sex “naturally,” and instead asked teachers to regularly search students’ bags and cell phones for pornographic videos.
Sex goes viral in Indonesia
In a subsequent Radio Australia interview, Professor Terence Hull of Australian National University expressed surprise:
I am surprised that someone of that stature and also that responsibility would be speaking out with so little knowledge of the issues.
...we have found elements of sex education in all levels of school text books from first grade through to the end of high school, and it's also spread across a wide variety of different subjects. So bits of it are taught in religion, bits are taught in biology, sports and citizenship classes have issues of sex education.
Questions over teaching sex education in Indonesian schools
It seems he’s correct:
A new video report from CNN’s Arwa Damon shows a pilot project in Jakarta, Indonesia that has kindergartners learning about the birds and the bees in an uncharacteristically liberal way.
Indonesian Sex Education Program Starts in Kindergarten
Meanwhile the AIDS Commission of Indonesia has other ideas:
The National AIDS Commission on Wednesday launched an interactive sex education website, http://www.sexxie.tv, which it says aims to connect teens and young adults with health experts who can provide them with accurate information on sex.
AIDS Commission launches 'sexxie' education site
It uses live 'webinar' videos as part of its education program:
It seems that online video has become the medium for the the ongoing controversy over sex education in Indonesia.