ISEX – Integral Sexual Education and Empowerment in Schools

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Have you ever really felt identified with the actions or characters in films, ads, videos or books about love and sex? Have you ever been addressed these topics from a young age? Do you address them with your students at school?

The importance of sex education

In a sexualized world, full of stereotypes and expectations, that is characterized by a prevalence of cases of femicide as seen in the last few months and where young people constantly receive mixed messages about relationships and sexuality, having holistic tools to deal with the sensitive issue of sexuality becomes a priority. In this context, a comprehensive affective and sexual education that includes psycho-social aspects, the body, rights, consent, needs, opportunities and responsible attitudes from different points of view plays a central role in order to fight gender-based violence and promote a healthy development of socio-emotional skills in tomorrow’s adults.

The project

ISEX offers a long-term program to support parents, grandparents, teachers, educators and teenagers (11-18 years old) in acquiring these tools needed to address human relationships and sexual education from a young age through a comprehensive approach that includes school and family  with the aim of leading healthy lives at physical, emotional, individual and relational level.

The approach

ISEX utilizes the approach of Comprehensive Sex-Education, that is not only based on sexual risks avoidance but also on the positive aspects such as empowerment, affectivity, intimacy, body awareness, confidence, intergenerational dialogue and development of positive attitudes and values, through digital, educational and youth-appealing instruments, based on non-formal, interactive and participative methods, that can be combined with the school curriculum.

Comprehensive sexuality education is recognized as an “age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sexuality and relationships by providing scientifically accurate, realistic, non-judgmental information” – UNESCO

Proposed Activities

For teachers

  • Participation in national focus groups on Comprehensive Sex-Education
  • Participation in international workshop on Comprehensive Sex-Education in Palermo (4 days)
  • Local teachers’ Training about Comprehensive Sex-Education
  • Opportunity to do a Study Visit in Amsterdam
  • Implementation of the Comprehensive Sex-Education programme at school supported by a Mentoring Program

For students

  • Protagonists of the Video-Book of Generation
  • Participation in the Comprehensive Sex-Education Programme in schools
  • Participation at the ISEX Festival on Comprehensive Sex-Education

For families

  • Participation of grandparents & parents in the Video-Book of Generation
  • Participation at the ISEX Festival on Comprehensive Sex-Education

Places Available

  • 4 Middle Schools
  • 3 High Schools
  • 25 teachers
  • 90 students
  • 20 grandparents and parents                                      

What has been done?

On the 20th January 2021 ISEX partners met online for the first time to get to know each other and lay the foundations of the ambitious ISEX programme for schools in Italy, Hungary, Greece and the Netherlands. In the next few months, focus group discussions are planned with teachers and among students and their families.

Are you a middle or high school in Palermo or province?

Would you like to implement a comprehensive Sex-Education programme in your school?

About the project

ISEX – Integral Sexual Education and Empowerment in Schools is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of European Union under KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for school education.


For further information

Read more about ISEX.

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