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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Religious Affairs Minister Raises Strong Objection to introducing Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools

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The Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs has said that Zambia should have nothing to do with Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE), a project being promoted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

“Zambia is a Christian nation anchored on Christian values, so we have to protect our Christian heritage,” Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili said.

Hon. Sumaili said CSE sharply differs from ordinary sexual education that has been taught in Zambian schools since the 70s, as it promotes values about gender identities, sexual orientation, and reproductive health rights alien to Zambia.

The introduction of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in Zambia, after a pilot program was completed in 2019, has put various interest groups on a collision course.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia has strongly opposed its implementation while the National Association of Quality Education in Zambia says it is a good program that should not be stopped.

Bishop Joshua Banda has said the analysis tool done to the Zambian curriculum, its teaching methods and guides, and CSE material and books being used, raised serious concerns about the programme.

He called for the withdrawal of the CSE programme until safeguards and sufficient consultation and consesus were done and achieved.

He said all stakeholders were concerned about the rise of teenage pregnancies, child marriages, STDs, and HIV and sexual abuse but objected to solutions such as contraceptives, abortions, and other services being given to adolescents.

He said the Church however disagreed with the provision of the solution of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights(SRH&R) and Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE) as solutions.
He said the two programs promote the provisions of abortions, contraceptives and acceptance of homosexuality among young people.

He encouraged the Ministry of Education to improve on the old sexual education curriculum than to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education developed in Europe and impose it in Zambia despite the cultural, religious, values, and sensitivities of the country.

He also requested the Ministry of Health to revise the SRH&R program.

31 COMMENTS

  1. But where were u as government through the Ministry of Education whn this was being implemented? Admit it, u were paying attention to election campaigns instead of governing. Girls as young as 13 yrs of age are getting pregnant despite the claim to being a Christian nation.

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  2. Another passenger in the PF Cabinet. Where was she all along? She has only spoken because Mwine Lubemba is upset? This is the woman who wanted to defend David Mabumba’s misdeeds. No job description

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    • I wonder why this is even headlined a Strong Objection. What is strong about this? Its just an objection like any other.

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  3. Where can i find the curriculum for this sex education? I am sick and tired of Christians in politics and politics in Christianity. They don’t even consider other religions. Has Godfridah gone to Manda Hill when the kids have sex fests? Does she know very young girls are aborting unwanted pregnancies? What does she recommend because abstenance is not a solution to hot blooded little adolescents. She was one before herself. She knows.

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  4. Where have you been all along Ba Minister? This trash should have not even been tried in the first place; how did it even sneak into our beloved country? I am sure, it is through the brown envelops. Let us not trade the future and well-being of our children with money from the so-called wealth nations. As adults we have a duty to protect, guide, and preserve the destiny of our children – Please make Zambia great again! God bless Zambia!

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  5. Gayzar Zulu is the only one stupid enough to support the corrupt PF minister. Everybody else sees the reality of young girls getting pregnant unnecessarily because they lack knowledge

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  6. What Reverend,what Christian,what National Guidance??Like others have said,where were you all along as a Cabinet Minister when this trash was being piloted and introduced? Claiming to be a Reverend,Christian when Mosques are mushrooming everywhere out of corruption!!You fail to work with churches and other groups to provide moral guidance cure the ills affecting our society but your are busy campaigning in the midist of violence and tribalism,you can’t even say no that as a Christian!!

  7. This can’t be a ministry, this is supposed to be a directorate under ministry of community development. No sane mind should ever think that salvation comes through having such ministries. No, it is you and your personal relationship with Jehova and not a ministry

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  8. flag PF Leaders are the biggest gamblers in Casinos throwing state money on black jack tables in Chinese casinos as if Zambians are not suffering

    Expanding sex education in schools will help protect children in Africa from sexual violence and unwanted pregnancies

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    • Its also a clever way of introducing the subject of homosexuality when the government is busy trying to block it politically. Introduce it educationally

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  9. A typical “Christian for Lungu” who comfortably dines with P.O.R.N producers and distributors.
    A typical “Christian for Lungu” who comfortably sits with ECL and his clique who are raping the nations resources through corruption.
    Zambia is “Christian” only in name but not in deeds.

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  10. I agree with people like Archbishop Mpundu. No declaration will ever save a nation. It is your personal relationship with Jehova that guarantees your salvation. This Ministry is a complete drain on national resources. The same way Zambians are fast asleep and calling exports to congo as smuggling instead of calling it a lucrative market and putting up solid plans for that market is the same way we are having this ministry which is doing completely nothing. Even stopping Zodwa to come to Zambia by this ministry does not make sense as we have more Zodwas internally in Zambia than one coming from South Africa.

    • Who told you there will be no Zodwas in a Christian Nation? Does the declaration hurt you, if it does you need Christ He is available.

  11. In ignorance, people believe that if a child is taught to respect people who are different from him or her, he or she will become like them. Teach a white child that a black child is the same as he is , will that make the white child black? The fear of gender issues in Zambia is laughable if not incomprehensible. Why are we afraid of talking about s e x? I once heard a traditionalist saying that if a woman does not enjoy s e x she cannot become pregnant! This is what they have been teaching our girls and the result is the numerous teenage pregnancies. There are too many single mothers in Zambia and promiscuity is rampant because no one teaches children the right things about their bodies. Going by the numerous ra ndy priests and pastors, even the church has failed. Stop being hypocrites!

  12. May God continue to Bless you and your work Madam Minister. The LGBTQ movement and their dark lobby money has infiltrated the UN by forging sex education that promotes LGBTQ priorities on a global scale. No one has a child and hopes they become a homosexual. Let not our children become indoctrinated in accepting this at a vulnerable age. Even parents are outraged in the US and are preferring private to public schools because they teach this nonsense.

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  13. Beware so called CSO’s and NGO’s that are promoting this LGBTQ agenda. They are beneficiaries of this dark lobby money. They have sold their souls to the devil. In the US they have infiltrated companies and collages by including this agenda as part of diversity and inclusion training. That’s why President Trump has banned this and racist awareness training to be conducted in any government office. The gay agenda is so insidious that they even convinced donors to tie aid to LGBT acceptance.

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  14. This to me appears to be the introduction of homosecuality by ministry of education and its donor partners.
    This will be an election issue come next year.
    Cancel this immoral programe please.

  15. Godfridah Sumaili is a very stupid woman. Young girls get pregnant every day. A lot of young people contract sexually transmitted diseases and HIV because they lack comprehensive sexuality education. Zambia is a backward country because we value religion, superstition and myth more than we value science and technology. The leaders claim Zambia is a Christian nation. But in deed there is nothing Christian about Zambia. It has some of the highest rates of HIV, prostitution, Gender Based Violence, drunkenness, adultery, corruption and political violence.

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    • Who told you there only be righteous people in a declared Christian Zambia? Let your comment be sensible next time you hit that key board. Never trash my country, and do not insult Leaders. If you cannot stand a Christian Zambia, buy a plot in Mogadishu.

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