ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates & venues:
- 1. training course: Cornus, France, 20—28 September 2023
- 2. training course: Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, 22—29 October 2023
Czech team: 3 participants
1st TC report (Cornus, France, 20—28 September 2023):
Report from the 2nd training course, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, 22—29 October 2023
The “LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!” Project, held in Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal from October 22nd to 29th, 2023, aimed to address the evolving landscape of sexuality, gender, and sexual education. In an era of increasing connectivity, it has become crucial to equip youth workers with the tools and knowledge to navigate these complex and critical issues.
Introduction: In today’s digital age, young people and adults are exposed to a vast array of online content related to sexuality, influencing the behavior of young individuals. This exposure has led to issues such as cyberbullying, revenge porn, and sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, there is growing opposition to equal gender and sexual rights. In response to these challenges, the “LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!” project sought to empower youth workers to approach sex education inclusively and openly, challenging stereotypes and promoting healthy discussions about gender and sexuality.
The project had several key objectives:
Develop knowledge of gender and sexuality concepts and their historical context.
Enhance participants’ ability to engage in discussions on sexuality and gender as youth workers.
Create practical educational tools and a toolkit addressing gender and sexuality.
Exchange best practices among participants.
Foster a network of European peers working in sexual and gender education for future collaborations.
The training relied on non-formal education methods and tools to ensure active participation. Experiential learning was a central component, and theoretical content was delivered through participative methods. Various methodologies were employed to foster participatory learning, such as fish-bowl discussions and moving debates. The training plan remained adaptable to meet participants’ evolving needs.
The training spanned six days and included activities such as introductions, discussions about stereotypes, exploration of the history of sexuality, and the creation of “books” for the Human Library. Activities also included examinations of taboo topics, gender inequalities, and intersectionality. The program ended with reflection groups and a gender movie festival.
The “LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!” project was a timely initiative that empowered youth workers to navigate the complex landscape of gender and sexuality. It fostered inclusivity, challenged stereotypes, and promoted productive discussions. This project not only equipped youth workers but also contributed to the development of a network of peers in sexual and gender education, encouraging future collaborations in the field. Ultimately, it aimed to create a more equitable and inclusive world, where young people can explore their identities and engage in respectful and informed discussions about sex and gender. The project made a lasting impact on all participants, paving the way for a more open and accepting society.