Research shows that when teachers learn to talk freely in class about sexuality and gender, that the rate of unwanted pregnancies and infection with viruses like HIV is reduced five-fold.
Teachers of sexuality education need to be trained to be able to teach their pupils the knowledge and skills these students need to learn to realise what they like or not, what feels good or not, when to say no, how to say yes, and how to protect yourself from harm,
Through drama activities and role-play the teachers recognized that it is okay for girls to say no and to be strong and for boys to be caring and also show their emotions. This ‘gender bending’, as some might call it, has helped teachers to feel more positively towards gender equality. In fact our teachers told us that they now treat their own partners more equally, and are better able to understand and listen to the problems that students encounter. In the past they would send students who got pregnant home, but now they find ways to help.