Chanel Contos consent education campaign accepted by education ministers — The Latch
It’s been exactly 12 months since Kambala Girls School alumnus, consent education campaigner Chanel Contos, launched an Instagram poll that changed the face of sex education in Australia.
The poll, asking friends in Sydney if they had ever been sexually assaulted by someone who had gone to an all-boys school, sparked an overwhelming wave of interest which Contos harnessed to create the campaign Teach Us Consent.
By lobbying education ministers and officials, who were in the process of updating the national curriculum, Contos and the team have now officially managed to get all state education ministers on board. and the federal government on the inclusion of education by consent.
Consent will be taught at an age-appropriate level from foundation to grade 10 from the implementation of the new curriculum in 2023.
Senator Jonathon Duniam, representing Education Minister Stuart Robert, confirmed the change in Senate estimates yesterday. Robert previously announced that, while ministers were still debating topics in maths, science and the humanities, there was “unanimous agreement” on the need to include consent-based education in the curriculum.
Contos celebrated the news on Instagram last night, sharing a number of posts via Teach Us Consent in which she wrote that “this monumental change was only made possible by the tens of thousands of voices supporting this movement.” .
The new curriculum should incorporate “comprehensive consent education,” including an understanding of gender stereotypes, coercion and power imbalances, according to Contos, who has been at the heart of those negotiations with ministers.
“The next generation of Australians [sic] will now have consent education thanks to YOU,” Contos wrote.
“To everyone who submitted a testimonial, signed a petition, shared a post, or had a difficult conversation with a friend or loved one: thank you and congratulations. we did it.”
She is due to meet Prime Minister Scott Morrison next week to discuss details of her vision while education ministers are due to meet in April to finalize the curriculum to be taught next year.
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