Calls for mandatory consent education in schools


College students in Christchurch are pushing for New Zealand to comply with Australia’s lead and make consent schooling obligatory in colleges.

A programme’s been run at Christchurch Ladies’ Excessive College after a survey final yr discovered greater than 1 / 4 of scholars had been sexually harassed.

The survey additionally discovered 20 college students had allegedly been raped.

Head prefect Hawwa Niyaz mentioned the college has been making an attempt to make it simpler to deal with the troublesome topic by getting senior college students to work with their friends.

“These connectors are skilled on the panorama of sexual hurt, your complete police reporting course of and how one can financial institution a report away for later if they are not snug to take care of it proper now.

“Younger individuals are far more more likely to disclose their experiences to somebody they’re snug with particularly of their very own age,” Niyaz mentioned.

Principal Christine O’Neill mentioned this yr it was obligatory for 12 months 11 college students to participate in consent schooling lessons, and it will likely be prolonged to 12 months 12 college students in 2023.

The Nationwide Council of Girls has arrange a department on the college within the hope college students are heard by politicians.

Affiliate Schooling Minister Jan Tinetti mentioned the curriculum might be up to date in 2024.

“I am actually completely satisfied that we’re having these pre-discussions now as a result of I believe we can go into this with eyes large open and actually perceive what the problems are on this space.”