The story appears on

Page A5

August 14, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Education

Sex education classes tailored for the young

OFFICIALS are stepping up efforts to promote sex education in the city among 16 to 25 year olds who are unemployed and have little education.

A pilot program has introduced social workers to sex education classes in five districts including Baoshan, Changning and Luwan, officials said yesterday.

The social workers will visit various venues like vocational schools and community centers to spread knowledge about safe sex.

Tao Mucai, an official with the Shanghai Sunshine Community Youth Affairs Center, which launched the pilot program, said social workers encourage abstinence, but they do not judge.

Tao added they tell the youth about contraceptives and how to prevent AIDS.

"Most of our social workers are in their 20s," she said. "It is easier for them to talk to these young people compared with parents and teachers and we think the results will be better."

The program is open to everyone but mainly targets non-locals because they lack sex education as well as basic "life safety knowledge," said Wang Xiaoying, a social worker in Baoshan District.

She cited a case at a vocational school.

"I asked some students what they would do if they got pregnant. Some said they would commit suicide," Wang said.

She and other social workers in the district have helped many unwed pregnant women talk to their parents, who can become angry or violent when they find out the news.

"We also tell them where they can get free condoms and which professional hospitals will give them a free abortion," she said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend