Dr. Naveed Rehan
16 November 2011
Is there a Place for Sex Education in Pakistani Educational Institutions?
Education is a process of transferring knowledge from one generation to another. Education has a wide variety. It does not include certain topics or subjects. It covers topics related to all aspects of life. One of the topics which comes under the tree of education is sex education. Jimmy Wales defines sex education in Wikipedia thus:
Sex education refers to formal programs of instructions on a wide range of issues relating to human sexuality, including human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence contraception and other aspects of human sexual behavior. In western countries, sex education is quite common but in Pakistan, it is not given in schools. The question is if there should be sex education in the institutions of Pakistan. Although folks of Pakistan think that there should not be sex education in the schools because of the culture of Pakistan and religion, nevertheless it should be taught in schools because it gives awareness to the youth about sexual health and sexual anatomy and the proper information about phenomenon related to sex.
Sex education is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan because of the culture and religion. People argue that it is against the principles of Islam. This is not true because Islam is a religion based on facts. If sex education is such a destructive topic then why Allah mentions in the Holy Quran:
And they ask you about menstruation, say “It is harm, so keep away from wives during menstruation. And do not approach them until they are pure. And when they have purified themselves, then come to them from where Allah has ordained for you”. Indeed Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and purify themselves.(2:22) It is clearly stated from the verse that...