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article image‘Encyclopedia of Sex’ withdrawn from schools in Chile

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 14, 2010 in World
Santiago - The Chilean Secretary of Education announced today that sex education material called "The Encyclopedia of Sex" is being removed from schools because of erotic text and explicit sexual images.
The material, which had been produced in Spain, was initially questioned by a municipality of Greater Santiago because the local school authorities deemed that the sex education material contained explicit images and erotic sex.
José Miguel Ossa, Education Manager of the Municipal Corporation of Puente Alto, south of Santiago, told Channel 13 that the material "is of highly erotic content with explicit illustrations and photos. The text is very strong, even more than the photos and illustrations". He added that the "Encyclopedia of Sex" also plainly discusses prostitution and bestiality.
The document was to be distributed through the Internet network of the National Department of Education (“Red Enlaces”) and by CD Rom to schools in remote locations. It was supposed to assist middle-school teachers in Sex Education Class for youngsters 15 and up.
Fernando Rojas, Under-Secretary of Education in an interview with Radio Cooperativa today announced: "We have been reviewing (the material) and decided that it will be removed from the Enlaces website and all schools because it contains educational material not suitable for children."
He explained that the ministry is contacting the schools that received the material "to warn them of their quality and to have it replaced by more appropriate software." according to (in Spanish).
Senator Fulvio Rossi, president of the Socialist Party defended the distribution of the “Encyclopedia of Sex” in schools and qualified the situation as "unacceptable". "The Opus Dei has taken over the Ministry of Education; it is not possible for us to wear a blindfold, it is not possible to deprive the young of relevant information about their lives, their sexuality; sex is not sinful or pornographic," stressed the senator.
"I prefer that in my country's young people learn about sexuality in the classroom and not on the streets. In Chile there are 40 000 teenage pregnancies each year, the youth group is most affected by the spread of AIDS and age at first sex is 15 years", added Rossi.
(A version of "The Encyclopedia of Sex" is here. Text is in Spanish, images are universal).
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