The Essential Role of Consent Education in Schools

Writing for Education Today Megan Boyd, Dean of Students at Strathcona Girls Grammar highlights the essential role of consent education in schools and how it is integral to Strathcona’s Wholebeing strategy.

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“In the current climate, teaching consent and how to have respectful relationships as part of the school curriculum has never been as important.

Recent statistics in the media highlight the troubling reality that gender-based violence is a significant issue that affects many in our communities, especially women. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 41% of Australians have experienced violence since the age of 15, and 1 in 4 women experience violence by an intimate partner.

These alarming numbers underscore the need for comprehensive education on consent and respectful relationships – particularly in all-girls schools where empowering young women with this knowledge is critical. When students are informed about what constitutes consent and are encouraged to speak up, they are better equipped to protect themselves and others from potentially harmful situations.”

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