Community[e]Education in the Netherlands

Community[e]Education in the Netherlands

Every year Health[e]Foundation travels to The American School of The Hague (ASH) to provide Community[e]Education lessons. This year, the training was held on the 23rd and 24th of May. Three groups of 10th graders aged between 15-16 years received training in sexual decision-making and negotiation skills.

The training at ASH is an excerpt from the Community[e]Education training which Health[e]Foundation carries out in Cambodia. The main aim of the training is to enhance readiness to discuss sex-related topics and improve decision making skills. This training is well-received by the ASH students, who are shy to talk about sex-related topics at first, but become more confident throughout the session.

Educational games, video clips and role play are used as tools to stimulate thinking and trigger discussion between students. Via these interactive methods students are able to construct their own views and form new ideas. By creating an open atmosphere, students feel more confident talking about condom use, sexually transmitted diseases, gender stereotypes and many other topics.

The feedback from the students was very positive; students especially appreciated the interactivity of the training and the fact that it made them feel more comfortable. Likewise, the school nurse and counselor who sat in during the training were very enthusiastic. This training will provide the students with more confidence and skills to take care of themselves in both risky and safe sexual situations and relationships.