On my desk with the laptop on, multiple tabs spreading across the screen, phone facing up in case my manager reaches out, and as expected, the most recurring green notification appears on my phone. No, it’s not my manager. “Soos” it reads; my sister, a link attached—Petition: Give parents the right to opt their child out of Relationship and Sex Education.
Dr. Katherine Sarah Godfrey-Faussett launched this petition asking the UK government to grant parents the right to opt their children out of Relationship and Sex Education. This petition was raised following the Government’s approach to study a plan making Relationship and Sex Education compulsory in what appears that covers primary and secondary schools. The petition demonstrates that parents have the foundational right to teach their children RSE topics, or at the very least evaluate and decide who is to provide such knowledge, the most appropriate times to do so, as well as the proper environments that accommodate such topics.
Not only Muslims but also people of other faiths resolved to Twitter to voice their concerns about this matter, encouraging others to sign the petition.
Only 77 k + have signed and we have well over a million Muslims in uk 🇬🇧
— Muʿādh Kāpōdrawī (@aidh1791) January 9, 2019
Signed…I am horrified by the stuff children are being taught in school nowadays. Petition: Give parents the right to opt their child out of Relationship and Sex Education https://t.co/NNzTBMEmrd
— WINNIE MANGWENDE (@ilovephotocall) January 1, 2019
Parents are best placed to educate their children about sexual practices and relationships. Sign here to allow parents the choice to opt out of Sex Education lessons. Jazzak Allahu khairun https://t.co/vy2Mu6J1q8
— Yusuf Chambers. (@YusufChambers) January 7, 2019
2020… Most children don't even know what they want for breakfast or dinner. They just want to children, play,sleep,play,sleep…e.t.c I'm sure you get the picture. https://t.co/SwSst9Z5i5 https://t.co/SwSst9Z5i5
— BCG Choir (@BCGChoir) January 3, 2019
As a member of the religous Jewish community in the UK we have the right to educate our children morally and ethically.
Petition: Give parents the right to opt their child out of Relationship and Sex Education https://t.co/rPKpGb8Ejd
— faigy liebermann (@focuswithfaigy) January 1, 2019
My concerned sister is amongst the many, who are trying to raise this fully signed petition to the government to further consider the implications on the children’s physical, psychological and spiritual well-being without the parent’s main intervention in the matter.
Dina is fluent in Italian and Arabic thanks to her awesome parents who married each other. Living in London, and working in Learning Design & Technology, she aspires to leave a positive mark. Dina loves being an aunt, and dreams of a treehouse and a pet penguin.