From Iceland — Education Board Updates Sex Ed To Reflect Diversity

Education Board Updates Sex Ed To Reflect Diversity

Published October 22, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Alísa Kalynova

Hafnafjörður Education Board has decided to join forces with Iceland’s National Queer Organization, Samtökin ‘78, to update the sex education curriculum in schools to reflect more diverse sexualities, reports RÚV.

Earlier this year, when the proposal was brought to Hafnafjörður Town Council – who approved it and sent the proposal to the Education Board – there was an unfortunate spike in vitriol and prejudice. However, haters gonna hate as the saying goes, the proposal has been approved and employee training will go ahead as soon as next year.

The agreement guarantees that Samtökin 78′ will be responsible for annually educating 8th graders in all of the municipality’s primary schools and will ultimately cost the town 245.000 ISK ($2000).

Earlier this week Icelandic pop star Páll Óskar made an appearance on the children’s show Stundin Okkar, where he explained sexual orientation in terms anyone would understand. The video has since gone viral and has been published in media across the globe.

Support The Reykjavík Grapevine!
Buy subscriptions, t-shirts and more from our shop right here!

Show Me More!