Young people greatly benefit from data-driven and well-informed discussions about sexual identity, especially in the form of sex education classes, as it equips them with knowledge, promotes self-awareness, fosters healthy relationships, and empowers them to make informed decisions regarding their well-being. This project seeks to address the knowledge gaps and foster a more comprehensive and consistent approach to sex education for young people in partner countries.

AIM

The project aims to develop innovative education strategies and tools for youth in the field of sexuality, which will be integrated into the work of NGOs, youth centres, and formal educational institutions. The ultimate goal is to bring about a positive change in the way society approaches the topic of sexual identity and sex education. Project partners seek to encourage open dialogue through a bottom-up approach involving young people, youth workers, educators, and policymakers.

Project main activities:

  • Research. Digital materials, including a collection of quiz games, will be designed to empower young people to assess their understanding of sexuality using a format that best meets their individual needs. The research stage would also help overview the educational strategies employed by youth workers and educators from all 4 partner countries to identify best practices and policy gaps.
  • Developing a strategy. The project partners will collaborate on the creation of an e-book on holistic sexuality, as well as an educational guide for youth sex education. Furthermore, Lithuania will host Learning Teaching Training Activities (LTTA), with the goal of knowledge exchange among 20 international youth workers in the field of non-formal education. 
  • Fostering a positive outlook. Engaging digital and educational board games will be developed to enhance young people’s knowledge on the topic of sexuality in an enjoyable and recreational way. The games will be thoroughly tested in youth centres and schools, allowing for valuable feedback from young people and educators to refine the gameplay and ensure its effectiveness. The project partners will also put together the SexEducation box, a digital collection of expert videos and personal stories aimed at addressing topics related to holistic sexuality.
  • Follow-up and awareness. Online dissemination materials, multiplier events, and a final report will be developed to promote the significance of educating young people about sexuality and encourage the facilitation of constructive dialogue on the subject. During the local events, stakeholders, including young people, educators, and parents, will be invited to sign a petition advocating for the inclusion of sex education as a curricular subject in the respective educational institutions where the activities are held.

Expected impact:

  • During the research stage of the project, various stakeholders are actively engaged in the analysis, contributing to the development of a holistic understanding of sex education. This includes exploring the contextual dynamics of different countries, formal educational processes, and the preferences of young people. These valuable insights will help project partners identify effective educational strategies in the non-formal sphere, making the learning experience more engaging and impactful. 
  • Developed with a focus on psychological, physical, and behavioural aspects, creative learning materials and an engaging LTTA will enhance understanding of diversity and encourage meaningful dialogue. A vast range of online materials will significantly contribute to the long-term sustainability of project outcomes, reaching educators and young people across Europe and extending beyond the boundaries of individual partner countries.
  • The project involves developing multi-curricular learning materials in the field of sexuality, designed to be integrated into the initiatives of NGOs and educational institutions. These materials utilize digital tools to enhance accessibility, ensuring that information on holistic sexuality reaches diverse stakeholders and facilitates a better understanding of diversity and encourages constructive engagement with the subject.
  • A comprehensive awareness campaign, both online and offline, has been designed to foster fruitful discussions among young people, their peers, families, educational institutions, and organizations. The campaign aims to encourage interactions within these networks as well as to promote the created materials, with a focus on enhancing the sustainability and impact of the project’s outcomes. The collection of signatures for the petition will serve as a powerful catalyst to advocate for sex education in schools across all partner countries, significantly amplifying the impact of the project on institutional and policy levels.

Target groups:

  • Youth workers
  • Formal and non-formal educators
  • Young people and parents
  • Policymakers working in the field of education 

Project manager: Polina Lynova

Partners: 

  • High on Life (Italy)
  • Centre for Sustainable Solutions Ireland (Ireland)
  • Association Cultural Somos Europa (Spain)

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