At least 100 schools tricked into teaching homosexuality

Education minister Jessica Alupo. File photo

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The curriculum. The curriculum targeting secondary school students and their teachers, praises homosexuality and masturbation as fulfilling sexual attributes among people who have consented.

Kampala. About 100 schools have been duped into training disguised homosexuality to their teachers and students, according to Saturday Monitor investigations.
In a document titled The World Starts With Me (WSWM), there is a computer-based comprehensive sexuality education curriculum which was developed in 2003 by Butterfly Works and the World Population Foundation (WPF) in collaboration with SchoolNet Uganda, young people, teachers and artistes in Uganda.
The curriculum targets secondary school students and their teachers. For instance, it portrays homosexuality and masturbation as fulfilling sexual attributes among people who have consented and one way of controlling unwanted teenage pregnancies and early marriages.
“People can also feel attracted to the same sex or both sexes. If this lasts a long time, they might be homosexuals. People are homosexual not by choice but by birth. However, if a boy forces a boy to have sex with him or a girl forces a girl to have sex with her, this is not homosexual but sexual abuse,” reads part of the curriculum document.
“Always remember you are the one who can make a decision on how and when to express your own sexuality… There are many myths about masturbation but here is the truth…masturbation is not harmful to health at all. In fact it can be a very safe way to explore your body and your sexuality,” the document further instructs.
The curriculum also advocates that if the partners are not ready for sex, they should stick to only kissing, holding hands and hugging.
The Ministry of Education, which is responsible for what children are exposed to while at school, has distanced itself from the content of the report but admitted being aware of it and the organisation, which is hosted at Embassy House, the same building which houses the ministry headquarters in Kampala.
Neither Mr Benson Kule, the commissioner for secondary education, nor the ministry’s communications officer, Mr Patrick Muinda, appeared to know more about SchoolNet, an NGO supplying computers to schools. Both officials indicated they don’t know what SchoolNet does in schools beyond the ministry’s request to supply computers to some of these institutions.
“I don’t know about this curriculum. All I know is that it [SchoolNet] supplies computers. I have never had an interface with their management,” said Mr Kule, referring this newspaper to his colleagues.
Muinda too said he was aware of the NGO but mainly in regard to supplying computers to schools.
“We don’t see them anymore. I am not sure where they are now. They used to supply computers. That is all I know. I have tried to understand what they are doing. I can’t take it lightly now. The office was closed; that is where we are now but there is a lady who still comes once in a while. I don’t know her name. We don’t have them on our ministry work plan,” Mr Muinda said.

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