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What is Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Why it is Highly Opposed in the US and Africa?


Many parents and professionals in the US and Africa are opposing the mandatory Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program. Developed mainly in the United States, it is now being implemented in many places around the world through the mandates of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to one definition, it is a “rights-based” approach to sex and sexuality education that “teaches children and youth about sexual intercourse and human reproduction”. 


In a website “www.comprehensivesexualityeducation.org”, it also states that: “CSE programs seek to change society by changing sexual and gender norms and teaching youth to advocate for their sexual rights. Most CSE programs promote acceptance of diverse sexual identities and orientations and have an almost obsessive focus on sexual pleasure, instructing children and youth at the earliest ages on how to obtain sexual pleasure in a variety of ways”.

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However, there is no universal definition of CSE and according also to the website mentioned above, “CSE is a highly controversial approach to sex education that encompasses a great deal more than just teaching children and youth about sexual intercourse and human reproduction”.

To learn more from the opposing professionals and parents themselves, let’s hear what they have to say about this subject matter. 

According to Michelle Cretella MD, the President of the American College of Pediatricians:

As president of ACoP, I am deeply concerned about CSE for 4 reasons: It sexualizes children, it threatens children’s health, it promotes a dangerous gender ideology, and it undermines the parent-child relationship which violates parental rights.”

Cindy Pugh, a Minnesota State Legislator also said:

“We are state legislators from Minnesota and we are pushing hard against the agenda to sexualize our children. It is pornography. It is something that even some of my colleagues, men especially, did not want to look at. Showing children as young as 4th grade, in fact it’s recommended for 4th graders as their Comprehensive Sex Education. We couldn’t show this on the TV news, but yet we want our 4th grade children to be looking at this book.” 

Meanwhile, Carrol Richards, a youth advocate in Jamaica stated:

“This is definitely an attack on health family life, it will affect your economy, it will affect you child rearing, it will affect you education system.”

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Judith Reisman, PhD, the Director of Liberty Child Protection Center in Liberty University School of Law said:

“When a child looks at a pornographic image, within three-tenths of a second, that’s imprinted on his brain or he brain permanently. We know that there’s an action that takes place which is called mirroring images so that children will want to or will act out what they see. In the name of sexuality education, children are seeing obscene materials that have been ruled by Congress, and by the Supreme Court impossible to show to children.”

And lastly, Katharina Rottweiler, the Director of International Relations and Strategy of Red Familia in Mexico explained:

“Where we are in Latin America, we still have a lot of poverty. We have communities that don’t have fresh water, that don’t have electricity, children that cannot finish even primary school. Focus has completely shifted from basic needs to this very idealized agenda. They get a CSE without the consent of parents, taking and deconstructing the family.”  

If you want to learn more about CSE, it will be helpful to visit these websites: