Janelle Cobb

Understanding the barriers of comprehensive sexual health education in Alberta, encompassing social, educational, and governmental influences, to understand their collective impact on youths well-being and society as a whole.

Visualizing the Problem

Understanding the barriers to comprehensive sexual health education in Alberta is crucial due to its profound implications on the well-being and empowerment of individuals, particularly adolescents and young adults. Comprehensive sexual health education goes beyond biological aspects and encompasses topics like consent, healthy relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, and decision-making skills. Additionally, it helps combat misinformation, reduces stigma around sexuality, and fosters a culture of inclusivity and understanding. Inadequate or restricted sexual health education can lead to an overflow of negative outcomes, including increased rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies, and preservation of harmful gender stereotypes which can strain resources throughout Alberta’s healthcare system. Diving into the challenges educators, policymakers, parents, and students face involves identifying prevalent misconceptions, cultural taboos, and institutional and financial limitations that impede the establishment of comprehensive sexual health education across Alberta schools. Shedding light on these barriers and advocating for inclusive and updated sexual health education will lay the groundwork for a society that prioritizes informed choices, fosters positive self-esteem, upholds bodily autonomy, and cultivates a culture characterized by respect, inclusivity, and empowerment—ensuring a safer and healthier future for all.