Xinhua News Agency (10.04.11) - Friday, October 07, 2011
Some primary schools in Beijing are trying to improve sex
education, responding to the lack of such courses in Chinese
public schools. High school "physical hygiene" courses cover
reproductive organs, but most teachers let students read the
textbooks on their own.
"We showed videos about physiological changes in adolescence
to our boys and girls separately," said Liu Yajun, who teaches
11-year-olds at a school affiliated with Beijing Medical
University. "When we were showing the girls' movie, the boys
were curious and watched through a window. Children really
want to know about it."
A game in Hepingli No. 1 Primary School teaches boys and girls
how sperm meets and fertilizes an ovum. Nine-year-olds in
Anhuili Central Primary School are led to opposite-sex
bathrooms to learn differences between boys and girls.
Of young people calling the Beijing Youth Law and Psychology
Consultancy Center on sexual health matters, "Their questions
used to concern mundane things, like masturbation," said Zong
Chunshan, the center's director and council member of the
Beijing Sex Education Association. "But in recent years there
have been more questions about sexual relations, pregnancy,
"There are no specialized teaching disciplines, no appropriate
textbooks, and no curricula for sex education in primary and
middle schools," said Zhang Meimei, director of Capital Normal
University's Sex Education Research Center. "Only when there
are some accidents or problems happening, maybe a lecture or
consultation would be held in schools. But there is no regular
class for sex education."
Zhang's center worked with the Beijing Municipal Education
Commission to improve sex education, piloting a program in 10
primary and 20 middle schools in 2009. This year, 48 schools
are in the program.
"The teachers participating in the program come from a variety
of disciplines, such as biology, psychology, and mathematics,"