While the controversy-ridden International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) was concluding in Kenya’s capital Nairobi with 11 States issuing a joint statement faulting the organizers of manipulating the process leading to and content of the Nairobi Summit to suit pro-choice agenda, Catholic Bishops in the West African country of Ghana were deliberating, among other matters, one of the controversial and divisive issues in the Nairobi meeting: “Comprehensive Sexuality Education and LGBTQ.”
In an effort to counter some of the agenda guiding the planned ICPD25, the Nairobi Summit organized to commemorate 25 years since the last International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a global youth movement is advocating for a Human-Dignity based Curriculum (HDC) instead of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), the latter among the themes of ICPD25.
Weeks after Catholic Bishops in Ghana expressed their opposition to the proposed Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) describing it as “a subtle way to introduce this gay and lesbian thing to our children,” the Association of Catholic Teachers in the West African country (ACT) has also voiced its resistance to the syllabus saying that it does not conform with the culture of Ghanaians.
In the face of civil societies and faith-based organizations in Ghana being opposed to the introduction of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in the school curriculum, a Church leader is urging parents and guardians to live up to their role as children’s primary educators, this responsibility is inalienable.
The proposed Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) syllabus that seeks to teach sexuality at basic education levels in Ghana is being opposed by the country’s Catholic bishops who are interpreting the move as a subtle way of introducing homosexuality to school-going children.