The Secretary-General of the Ghana commission for UNESCO, Ama Serwah Nerquaye Tetteh has added her voice on issues of the Comprehensive Sexuality Curriculum which sparked volcanic reactions among Ghanaians and still is of a concern.
In an interview with Abraham Aidoo on the “Transformation Agenda Series” on Class FM, she explained that, the CSE Curriculum will definitely have to be revisited as children need to understand and accept differences.
According to her, Ghana is already a mixed country; different languages, food among others and as such, we must accept other individuals.
“The girls laugh at each other for various, over body types, over how long it’s taking them to grow a beard, things like that and so, eventually we will need to go back to that education. Just so we understand that, in Ghana we are lucky, we come from different tribe, we speak different languages, we have different foods so already the foundation has been laid for us to understand that differences does not mean one person is better. You taste all the foods, they are delicious, you listen to all the languages, they are communicating so already, we understand that people be different and can also be just like us or even be better than we are and so yes, that conversation needs to be had”.
Asked if students are being affected by the non-implementation of the curriculum, she replied affirmatively and further revealed the organization’s next big project.
“I do frankly. We working on a project on tolerance, anti-bullying. UNESCO recently chose the first Thursday in November as the day to highlight bullying and as a country, we don’t highlight it enough”.
Although she believes the subject will be revisited, government nor UNESCO nor the other UN bodies is not going to impose the Comprehensive Sexuality Curriculum education on Ghanaians.
“But our point actually was that, no one as far as UNESCO and other UN bodies is intending to do so. The NACCA the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, they came out clearly to say, that was not the intention”
According to her, Ghanaians have not taken a critical look at the curriculum as they would have appreciated it’s content.
“Anybody had taken the time to look at the curriculum, it was to start by explaining to young people that we are different. There are two genders, whether we like it or not; there are males and there are females. That realization, that awareness and how different we are as we grow because young people should grow with that information so in bits and in pieces”.
In November 2018, the United Nations Population Foundation (UNFPA) and Ghana Education Service released a document titled “Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Ghana” to NACCA. Religious groups and some individuals believed it was a “satanic” attempt by some people to promote LGBT+ in Ghana.