At this moment, the biggest concern around the topic of CSE in South Africa, is the lack of information from the DBE on the content that will be taught in South African classrooms from January 2020. And not allowing parents and other stakeholders to participate in the development of the new content.
In what follows, we provide guidance to parents/guardians, educators and other stakeholders on the most important actions they can take to affect change in the best interest of the children they serve through the schooling system:
We encourage all stakeholders, concerned groups, and individuals to work through existing channels available to them, to engage with the Department of Basic Education.
See the section below “WHAT TO REQUEST FROM DBE AND RELATED ACTIONS” for a list of specific requests to communicate via existing structures and channels.
Contact your local School Governing Body (SGB) or School Management Team (SMT) and request them to raise the issues in the list of specific requests with DBE.
Click here to download a copy of the list to send to your SGB or SMT.
Work through your respective oversight and industry bodies. These may include but is not limited to: FEDSAS, NASGB, ISASA, SADTU, SACE, HPCSA and others.
Request your representative body to raise the issues in the list of specific requests with DBE.
Click here to download a copy of the list to send to your representative body.
If you need guidance on how to approach the Department of Basic Education or if you don’t have representation of a regulatory or oversight body to approach the DBE, please contact us to work with our team.
Any stakeholder or party who do not have existing channels to engage with DBE, are welcome and are invited to contact Cause for Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a request to act on your behalf and represent your interests in this very serious and concerning matter affecting our children.
This is imperative to allow parents and other stakeholders the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new content that is proposed to be taught in the LS and LO curricula from 2020 and make informed decisions in the best interest of their children’s health and well-being.
– The state will respect parental rights in respect of the training and education of their children in the area of sexuality, including the right to decide to provide sex education in the home, whether by way of the national curriculum or any other alternative curriculum.
– Provinces, individual schools and/or individual parents will be allowed to teach an alternative curriculum to the state’s sexuality education; or refrain from teaching, alter or replace certain parts of the national curriculum to the extent that they disagree with its contents on rational grounds.