The children were only aged 11 and 12, but they were already well aware of their own sexuality when they were quizzed about the subject during a “Feeling Good About Growing Up’’ talk.
Held at the Puay Chai (C) Primary School in SS2 on the weekend, the talk imparted important knowledge through interactive dialogue and games about sexuality and how important it was for children to respect each other.
About 300 children and their parents attended it.
Organised by Wanita MCA, the session was part of an on-going series of 40 road shows. The ones for the adults are “How to Talk About Sex and Love to Children’’, “Guiding The Young Ones By Example’’ and “Violence Against Women’’.
“We believe that if we have constructive understanding of sex issues, both sexes will learn to respect each other and the problems of violence against women can be stemmed,” said Wanita Selangor MCA chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
“We have identified a panel of lecturers to give these talks to ensure that the message we want to deliver to the parents and children is not misunderstood.”
For Saturday’s talk, Chew said the age group was targeted because they were in on the brink of teenage life and the knowledge would help them cope with the stresses that came with the change.
The programme is co-organised with several non-government organisations and schools to reach out to a wider audience in both urban and rural areas of Selangor.
Chew also announced a donation of RM20,000 to the school’s Parents Teachers Association for its projects. The talks are part of the MCA Life Long Learning Campaign.