Kenyan parents must rise up and oppose Comprehensive Sexuality Education
(CSE) being pushed by the United Nations or else they will lose control of their
children, says an American pro-family champion.
Speaking during a family life symposium in Nairobi last month, Sharon Slater said
incorporating CSE into the primary school syllabus is dangerous as it would
encourage promiscuity and poison the minds of children.
She said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other pro-abortion
non-governmental organisations like International Planned Parenthood Federation
were pushing governments to adopt the programme in schools without parental
“Believe me, these people have ulterior motives and what they are advocating is
bad for our school-going children and must be stopped at all costs because a child
cannot un-see what he has seen or un-hear what he has heard,” Slater, the president
of Family Watch International and author of Stand for the Family, told the 367
attendees gathered at Christ is the Answer Ministries, Valley Road in Nairobi, on
The one-day seminar was organised by the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum
(KCPF). Its theme was, “The Church: Contending for the Family, One Family One
It came two days after the United Nations marked the annual International Day of
At the conference, CSE was identified as a leading anti-family force in modern
world. Others include are abortion, pornography and cultural imperialism.
Slater said that the approach to teaching the new curriculum would take away
parents’ authority in their children’s lives and give teachers a bigger role instead.
She said CSE seeks to cause a sexual revolution in society despite proponents
insisting it is safe. “Our children’s lives are at risk and we better act now or never,”
The debate over the negative implications of CSE has raged on for quite some
time, with the clergy and pro-family lobby groups opposing its implementations in
schools. On the other end, the government sees nothing wrong with it.
In 2013, Kenya, alongside 21 other countries in East and southern Africa, signed a
joint health and education ministerial commitment to provide comprehensive and
rights-based sexuality education starting in primary schools. The implementation
has, however, been slow and uneven.
Slater said whereas teaching youngsters lessons on sexuality is not wrong, CSE
goes deeper than that by teaching sexual wrongs as sexual rights.
She joined local life and family proponents in opposing the assimilation of CSE in
schools’ subjects. In January, David Oginde, the presiding bishop of CITAM,
wrote in the Sunday Standard: “Many parents and family organisations are in full
support of wholesome sex education. Instead, concern is that unlike traditional sex
education, CSE is highly explicit. With an almost obsessive focus on children
obtaining sexual pleasure, it promotes promiscuity and high-risk sexual behaviours
as healthy and normal.”
Oginde said sometime in 2015, the Ministry of Education invited religious leaders
for a comprehensive briefing on the subject at a workshop held at Silver Springs
Hotel in Nairobi.
“All went well until the matter of the CSE came up. The officials became dodgy,
with no one ready to concede knowledge of, or take responsibility for the
introduction of CSE into the curriculum. The buck-passing saw the hitherto fruitful
discussions close in serious acrimony. We were, however, firm that CSE must not
be included in the new curriculum,” he wrote.
The officials and facilitators promised to escalate the Church’s views to relevant
authorities for consideration and appropriate action. Strangely, Oginde said, in
September the same year, in a seemingly unrelated event, the government launched
what was known as the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Policy 2015 (ASRHP).
During its launch, then Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia declared that his
ministry, together with the Ministry of Education, was working to ensure age-
appropriate CSE was implemented in all schools. This was ostensibly “to empower
young people with appropriate information and skills to help them make informed
choices about their sexuality”.
Oginde said where CSE has been introduced, young people – ages five to 18 – are
introduced to various levels of explicit sexual information, complete with practical
Furthermore, they are trained to make independent decisions – independent of any
adults or parents – about what they do with their sexuality. Such decisions include
if and when they have sex, with who, how they do it, and what contraceptives they
use. They can also choose to procure abortion.
“Truth be told, CSE is backed by heavy external funding, and some of our dollar-
hungry Kenyans have no qualms selling the souls of our children for the morsel.
The government must, however, not buy into this evil scheme,” he wrote.
Early this year, campaign group CitizenGo petitioned the Ministry of Education,
seeking to stop the roll-out of the curriculum in Kenya.
“CSE is a highly controversial, rights-based approach to sex education that
encompasses a great deal more than just teaching children and youth about sexual
intercourse and human reproduction. It is more destructive than Boko
Haram or Al-Shabaab,” Ann Kioko the campaigns manager for CitizenGo, told
journalists after she presented the petition and 4,024 signatures from parents
against the introduction of CSE.
“Children from the age of five years will be taught about masturbation, the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement and community, contraceptives
and abortion. This is Africa, it is not acceptable,” said Kioko.
She added that the organisation is not opposed to sex education geared at
informing children about the changes their bodies undergo as they get older: “We
should teach children about abstinence. The curriculum should say that virginity is
But Slater said all is not lost: “As Christian parents, we must rise up and make a
difference. It is true we don’t have donor funding like them but we have the Truth
on our side. There are also many with us than with them.” She urged those
interested in stopping the curriculum to join the online petition at StopCSE.org.