“THE TEACHER’S TOOLKIT”
February 25th, 2011
In 2005, Québec’s school system underwent a reform that radically changed sex education. Rather than depending on a single person or program, sex-ed has become the responsibility of all members of the school. Unfortunately, most teachers receive little to no training in this subject area. These combined factors have translated into a high school experience that is often void of any kind of organised discussion about relationships, consent, orientation, body image, or sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs).
Denying students access to the invaluable information that once accompanied sex-ed in the classroom has proven statistically, to be detrimental to the health of youth in this province. “The Teacher’s Toolkit” aims to empower youth by helping them access relevant information in order to make informed decisions. In 2010, the Gouvernement du Québec estimated that 50 000 Quebecers were diagnosed with an STBBI and youth aged 15 to 30 are most affected*.
AIDS Community Care Montréal (ACCM) recognises that sex-ed desperately needs a comeback. With Québec’s high school curriculum requirements in mind for the four core subject areas,”the Teacher’s Toolkit” incorporates sex-ed into dozens of lesson plans by not only describing what to teach, but also how to teach it. “The Teacher’s Toolkit” aims to disseminate free sex education to as many teachers and students as possible throughout the city of Montréal and beyond while also providing resources to parents.
With support from Telus and the Farha Foundation, ACCM has acquired the video equipment necessary to help empower youth to think and work creatively in a multi-media platform. Particularly youth who, for economic reasons, might not otherwise have access to these technical tools.
“The Teacher’s Toolkit” can be accessed in its entirety at sexedtoolkit.com where there is also the opportunity to share teacher and student work, watch interactive videos, access community resources, and obtain information about ACCM’s free teacher’s training.
The official launch of “the Teacher’s Toolkit” will be taking place on February 16, 2011 at the Montréal Science Centre. Sample lesson plans will be provided in English and French and there will be a live demonstration of suggested activities.