Re-Imagining Sex Education
Connection Communication Courage
Sex Education is neither about sex itself nor is it about how much we know about sex, or even when to have which conversation with children about sex. Sex Education is how willing we are to have conversations about feelings, desires and experiences we may find uncomfortable sharing. Sharing accurate information and understanding that we are all different and have unique needs and wishes.
Re-imagining Sex Education is:
1. Our ability to communicate with open hearts,
2. Having a willingness to be vulnerable and,
3. Commitment to authentic, honest communication that creates safe connections.
These are essential if we want to change the way we interact with each other and sex as a society. If you want your children to flourish in relationship this is fundamental.
It wasn’t that my parents didn’t want to talk about sex, it wasn’t that they did not have the knowledge. Upon reflection, I think it had everything to do with the fact that we did not have a relationship that allowed us to talk about difficult or challenging things. I am committed to changing how we, as adults talk to teens about sex; to support adults to cultivate the skills and qualities they need to have the kind of conversations we need to be having with children and teens about relationships and sex. - Kate Rowe - Founder of Explorare.
At Explorare we believe it is time to change how we talk, teach and educate children and teens about sex and relationships. We are passionate about creating a culture that is committed to having the conversations needed to change the environments and methods used for sex education.
Teens are strongly influenced by society and media that expects them to act like adults whilst giving them no tools to learn how to do so. This impacts hugely on kids who have a natural curiosity and on young adults with a budding sexuality. Unless there is a strong secure relationship between child and parent, guardian or mentor it becomes almost impossible to talk about sex and sexuality with children and teens.
Sex education should be exciting and empowering not intimidating and embarrassing, nor should it be based on fear or prejudice.
Re-imagining Sex Education explores connecting with children, teens and adults through vulnerability and curiosity, relationship and communication. It aims to create a shift from the paradigm of fear based sex education; into sex education that facilitates the sharing of information and exploration of self that leads to empowered choice.
Our mission is to support teens to know themselves better so they can cultivate their ability to be self-directed, self-governed and self-boundaried. To support adults to develop the tools to cultivate the skills they need to create safe, connected relationships with teens.
"As adults who want the best for the children and teens in our lives, we have to stand up, find our courage to look deeper at ourselves and our stories around sex. And then to offer ourselves forward in vulnerability and commit to doing things differently." - Kate Rowe - Founder of Explorare.