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Buenos Aires: Diagnosis meetings with young people on the role of the Promoter of Comprehensive Sexual Education (ESI)
In November 2018, the Ministry of Education of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires proposed to hold a series of meetings with specialists in Comprehensive Sexual Education in the local Legislature with the aim of advancing in the implementation of Law 26,150 on Comprehensive Sexual Education.
As a result of these meetings, the document "Sexual Education to decide" was prepared, in which it was recommended to train ESI promoters among the students to channel the interests, demands and needs of their peers. In order to comply with the commitments assumed, the process of defining a protocol on the functions and the mechanism for electing ESI Promoters began.
In this context, during June 2021, the Undersecretariat for Pedagogical Coordination and Educational Equity of the Ministry of Education, requested collaboration from the General Directorate for Citizen Participation and Closeness, within the framework of its powers, to carry out a participatory process with the aim of knowing the opinions of the students regarding the characteristics of the program. Five virtual meetings were held with students from state-run and private secondary schools in 31 neighborhoods in the southern, central and northern areas of the City. In total, 305 students participated.
They were asked about:
- Qualities and functions that ESI Promoters should have.
- Forms of election of the Promoters of the ESI.
During the virtual meetings, the periodicity of the Promoter role was discussed, as well as the system for choosing it, a permanent/constant training scheme was suggested for whoever occupies that role, the possibility of creating networks of promoters between different schools, among other questions. After these meetings, a report was presented regarding the citizen participation tool(s) implemented to the Undersecretary for Pedagogical Coordination and Educational Equity so that they may know in detail the ideas, suggestions and opinions of the participating students.
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