Refusing to let the problem die, scores of fogeys and supporters took to the streets this morning to protest against the controversial study administered by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Under a heavy police presence, the protestors began their march from Kensington Oval just after 10 a.m. and arrived at Independence Square just before noon.
Donning placards, a few of which read, ‘Let Parents Do Their Jobs’, ‘Stop Sexualizing Our Children’, ‘Let Parents Determine’ and ‘We Say “NO” to the New Sex Curriculum’ the group marched to accompanying loud music throughout the predominant street of Bridgetown.
They were protesting the survey that was sanctioned by the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, and administered to 733 first-form secondary school students.
The survey quizzed those children on sensitive topics resembling their sexuality and gender identity.
Reverend Ferdinand Nicholls, a pastor at House of Freedom Ministries and one in every of the organizers of the protest, told Barbados TODAY further motion needed to be taken.
“I’m an element of this protest due to concern now we have for the long run of our youngsters and the long run of our country. Some may ask why we’re protesting and we’re protesting really with a dual purpose. We would like justice for the parents and kids of Barbados. What was done to the kids of our schools was against the laws of Barbados in accordance with Section 8 of the Data Protection Act and we wish justice to be served,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“We would really like to encourage parents to file a category motion lawsuit against the Ministry of Education, the IDB and Code.org and we’re calling as parents and families for the resignation of the Minister of Education, the Chief Education Officer and anybody liable for approving the survey that was conducted in our schools. An apology is solely not enough.
“We’re saying no to the introduction of comprehensive sexual education in our primary schools, in our pre-schools and our secondary schools and yes to the teaching of a sex education based on an optimal house approach. Children are our future and as a nation, now we have to create an environment wherein they will flourish and grow as much as be productive residents, and confusing them with sex and gender ideology is solely counterproductive,” he added.
Nicholls also called on Government to let its stance be known publicly on the introduction of CSE in the varsity curriculum.
He also called on Government to draft a sex education policy in schools that clearly discover what’s to be taught to children about sexual orientation, gender identity and “the notion that sex is binary and gender fluid.”
Nicholls also questioned whether CARICOM had signed onto any agreements that mandate the teaching of comprehensive sexuality education in class curriculums across the region. (RB)