Studying from Home: Let’s Talk about Sex Education

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Being quarantined at home doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. You can learn how to cook, watch series that you always ditch for, practice yoga, or whatever activity you want to do. In Project Child, the events do not just stop because of the quarantine. Although the volunteers, interns, and staff are banned from going to the office, the self-development clubs are still held with conference call applications such as Zoom. 

For the first week, we have a study club. After discussing tips on how to get a scholarship, this month, we brought the topic of sex education. This topic is mentioned following the event that Sekolah Pantai once held last month, which covers the same issue. However, the material is indeed different, as, in this chance, the club is discussing toxic relationships and premarital sex. 

Before discussing the problems, Kak Mirna Fitri, who works in Correctional Board (Balai Permasyarakatan) Madiun, assigned those who are going to join the conference to watch two Indonesian movies, Dua Garis Biru and Posesif. These two movies are good examples to give everyone a glimpse of the premarital sex and toxic relationship phenomena in Indonesia.

For approximately 45 minutes, Kak Mirna and 17 participants, including the interns and volunteers, went deeper into the problems and exchanged a few questions. It covered some questions such as how to introduce the concept of sex education to teens, are people who are toxic in a relationship because their parents’ influence will always be toxic, or how to get out of the toxic relationship. 

Kak Mirna answered all the questions well. She said by herself,

“I admit that it’s still hard to introduce the proper sex education to the young people because there are still teachers and parents who don’t fully understand the topics, and they fail to deliver it wisely.”

She continued, “We’re usually only taught about human sexual anatomy when we learn about sex education. We often forget about the behavior that plays an important role, too, such as the topic of the age of consent, reproductive health, emotional relations, and responsibility, etc.” 

Even though the discussion is only done in Zoom, everyone is content with the knowledge about those two topics, which is still considered taboo in Indonesia. After this discussion, Kak Mirna hoped that all the participant become aware and can be good agents for introducing the topic of sex education to children and not trapped into a toxic relationship that can lead to unwanted pregnancy. 

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