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Where The Digital Revolution Meets Sexual Education In Schools

In our era of innovation and constant exposure to information, education is more than reading books and must include healthy interaction between pupils, school and parents.

'Education is a complex process in need of revision'
"Education is a complex process in need of revision"
Edgardo Néstor De Vincenzi*

-OpEd-

BUENOS AIRES — In recent decades, people have come around to the idea, fortunately, that education is a complex process in need of revision. No longer is the focus just on books and exercises. There's also a growing emphasis on training innovative citizens.

The technological revolution has made it possible for anyone with a basic cellphone to access an unprecedented volume of information. In Argentina, creativity, resilience and values are the cornerstones of a new paradigm we are applying in the VanEduc teaching system (SPV), for which we have won the backing of UNESCO, the UN agency and global leader in guiding and reflecting on the most advanced teaching systems.

Responsible parenthood is what ensures that a child will progress.

We're convinced that the preparation of global citizens and creative individuals who can supersede machines with their art must inevitably involve multidisciplinary training. That includes sexual education. Interestingly, a study by the World Confederation of Education and Interamerican Open University in Argentina revealed that 85% of parents of public and private schoolchildren in greater Buenos Aires see sexual education at school as positive.

"There's also a growing emphasis on training innovative citizens' Photo: Banter Snaps

It is vital to include Integral Sexual Education at all three levels of schooling — introductory, primary and secondary. In fact, any educational program that doesn't include it is simply deficient. Another encouraging indicator from the study relates to family communication. Approximately 82% of parents say they speak to their children about sexuality, and 76% say they taught their children about contraceptive methods.

Parents must also be prepared when it comes to communicating with their children in general. Their role is decisive in their children's lives and lays the foundation for subsequent possibilities and growth. Responsible parenthood is what ensures that a child will progress at school and university, and in society in general, and find in each area the ability to fulfill his or her potential.

Nordic countries like Sweden, Norway or Denmark apply a method we replicate with the SPV system and is aimed at building a consistent bridge between the school and family. It proposes a space for reflecting on the importance of family education.

Argentines have some way to go in bettering their education, but we are following along the same path as other parts of the world. We need more discussion and action. Above all, we need to continue working with the mindset that while there are still people in this world who lack access to quality education — and the assurances it provides in terms of basic human dignity — our task is incomplete.


*The author is president of the World Confederation of Education and rector emeritus of the Interamerican Open University.

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Look back over the past two decades, and you'll see Vladimir Putin has always been the man revealed by the Ukraine invasion, an evil and sinister dictator. The Russian leader just managed to mask it, especially because so many chose to see him as a typically corrupt and greedy strongman who could be bribed or reasoned with.

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At its heart, this is the wrong question to ask. For Putin, military expansion is not an adrenaline rush to feed into his existing life of luxury. On the contrary, the shedding of blood for the sake of holding power is his modus operandi, while the fruits of greed and corruption like the Putin Palace in Gelendzhik are more like a welcome bonus.

In the last year, we have kept hearing rhetorical questions like “why did Putin start this war at all, didn't he have enough of his own land?” or “he already has Gelendzhik to enjoy, why fight?” This line of thinking has resurfaced after missile strikes on Ukrainian power grids and dams, which was regarded by many as a simple demonstration of terrorism. Such acts are a manifestation of weakness, some ask, so is Putin ready to show himself weak?

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However, you will not arrive at the correct answer if the questions themselves are asked incorrectly. For decades, analysts in Russia, Ukraine, and the West have been under an illusion about the nature of the Russian president's personal dictatorship.

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