Sexuality education in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is among the world leaders in sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Dutch way is to have positive attitudes and approaches towards sex and sexuality. Sexuality education starts at an early age.
Young people are curious about sexuality and sexual development. They need, want and have a right to accurate and comprehensive information about sexual health, to help them make the best choices about sexuality and relationships.
In the Netherlands, this means clear, direct, attractively-designed and inclusive sexuality education in language young people can understand, and greater awareness about the more positive and pleasurable aspects of sexuality.
By law, all primary school students in the Netherlands must receive sexuality education. The system allows for flexibility, but they must learn some core principles – including sexual diversity and sexual assertiveness. Sexuality education is also compulsory at secondary schools.
Rutgers is the Netherlands’ leading sexuality centre. Our materials are used in primary and secondary schools across the country