Stage posté(e) par Centro de la Niña Trabajadora--CENIT
Publié le : 20 juin 2013
The aim of this program is to raise awareness and promote healthy sexuality in the CENIT population, with special attention to the girls' vocational high school (Rosa Virginia program). The vast majority of these students come from impoverished and difficult homes where sex and sexuality are not discussed. These factors, combined with a culture of conservative Catholic values and "machismo," produces ignorance and misinformation about sex and sexuality that CENIT's sexual education program strives to alleviate. Reproductive awareness and disease prevention are an important part of the sexual education curriculum. The program attempts to include all relevant aspects of sexuality together with the physical, emotional and psychological issues specific to the CENIT population.
The main duty of this program is teaching the sexual education classes at the vocational high school. The school is split into four different classes, each receiving one thirty- to forty-minute block of sex education a week. Planning and bookwork are a large part of the duties, and the teacher is expected to attend all staff meetings. The program also includes participation in the Bio-Psico-Social meetings held twice a month, which serve to call attention to and resolve issues with individuals in need of special consideration in the CENIT community. Participation in the workshops for parents is also a responsibility of the program. This entails helping the psychologist to plan and give talks to parents twice a month about pertinent issues and parenting strategies that support their children's sexual health. The sexual education program may also include working with the clinic, working in the markets, and helping with other programs at CENIT that promote healthy sexuality.
IMPORTANT: It is crucial that the Coordinator and the Assistant have a strong desire and ability to work within the cultural (and Catholic) context. Although CENIT is a Catholic foundation run by Sisters of the Good Shepherd, volunteers have not necessarily been Catholic nor agreed with the Catholic teaching, yet have still taught sex ed successfully. The nuns are open and support teaching sex ed to the students, but ultimately classes must be taught in the context put forth by the Sisters and CENIT.
The Coordinator and Assistant must work as a team. All team members must be able to take initiative and independently complete delegated tasks. The relationship between Coordinator and Assistant will vary depending on volunteers' skills and experience.
The Sexual Education team will work with the curriculum created by previous volunteers and adapt it according to the unique needs, resources, and challenges of any given year (time constraints, changes in grade levels, improvised schedules). Additionally, a government-provided curriculum may be available as a resource.
To apply, please inquire or send CV email@example.com, or visit www.cenitecuador.org for more information.