- Teaching Sexual Health
- About Us
Who We Are
Teachingsexualhealth.ca is an innovative website developed by Alberta educators and health professionals. We offer up-to-date, evidence-based information and strategies for teachers and educators teaching the Alberta Education Human Sexuality curriculum and for parents of children from birth up to 18 years of age.
To help teachers, educators, and parents achieve excellence in teaching sexual health.
Our philosophy reflects the approach to sexual health education embodied in Health Canada’s (2008) Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education. The Guidelines are based on the principle that sexual health education should be accessible to all people and that it should be provided in an age appropriate, culturally sensitive manner that is respectful of an individual’s right to make informed choices about sexual and reproductive health. We believe that sexual health education honours the self-worth and dignity of the individual and does not discriminate against race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnocultural background or disability.
Education in sexual health needs to be structured so that attitudinal and behavioural changes arise out of informed choice. Effective sexual health education encompasses a lifespan approach, providing information, motivational support and skillbuilding opportunities that are relevant to people at different ages and stages in their lives. It instills awareness of the impact of one’s own behaviour on others, stressing that sexual health is an interactive process that requires respect for the self and others.
We want to thank the teachers, educators, parents and students from across Alberta who shared their ideas for the development of this resource. We also want to thank the Alberta Health Services (AHS) staff from across the province that provided valuable content, insight, writing and editing skills for this updated resource.