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Sex and sexuality education for young people: past, present and future

Wednesday 15 May, 12:45 - 14:00

Leolin Price LT, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH

Photo: Ed Prosser

A lecture by Professor Peter Aggleton

Despite clear evidence of effective approaches to sex and sexuality education, there continues to be debate about what should be provided, at what age, and with what goals in mind.  This is no less true in parts of Europe, Australia and North America than it is in low-income countries in the Global South.

Part of the challenge to getting things right lies in the historical efforts made to turn sex and sexuality education into ‘other’ things so as to make it more acceptable to particular interest groups: including abstinence-only education; life skills education; life orientation education; family life education; gender and rights education; and school health more generally.

The challenge both for the present and for the future lies in knowing what we want really to achieve in sex and sexuality education and being clear about what education by itself can be expected to deliver. Professor Peter Aggleton, Honorary Professor at the Centre for Gender and Global Health, will join us to discuss these issues and more in this wide-ranging talk.

All are welcome but please register to attend here.

Professor Peter Aggleton

Peter Aggleton is an honorary professor in the Centre for Gender and Global Health at UCL and an emeritus Scientia Professor at UNSW Sydney.  A sociologist and educationalist by training, he has worked internationally for UN system agencies for over twenty-five years on HIV, gender and sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health.

Peter is editor-in-chief of three major international peer reviewed journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality, Health Education Journal and Sex Education. He is a distinguished honorary professor in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University and an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

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