Dozens of people protest against the IDB investigation
Unwilling to let the problem die, dozens of parents and supporters took to the streets this morning to protest the controversial study administered by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Under a heavy police presence, protesters began their march from Kensington Oval just after 10 a.m. and arrived in Independence Square just before noon.
Donning signs, some of which read, ‘Let Parents Do Their Job’, ‘Stop Sexualizing Our Children’, ‘Let Parents Decide’ and ‘We Say ‘NO’ to the New Sex Curriculum’, the group marched to accompany the music strong all along the main street of Bridgetown.
They were protesting against the survey sanctioned by the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training and administered to 733 junior high school students.
The survey asked these children about sensitive topics such as their sexuality and gender identity.
Reverend Ferdinand Nicholls, pastor of House of Freedom Ministries and one of the protest organizers, said Barbados TODAY other measures had to be taken.
“I am part of this protest because of the concern we have for the future of our children and the future of our country. Some may wonder why we are protesting and we are really protesting with a dual purpose. We want justice to the parents and children of Barbados What was done to the children in our schools was against the laws of Barbados under Section 8 of the Data Protection Act and we want justice to be done “, did he declare. Barbados TODAY.
“We would like to encourage parents to file a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Education, the IDB and Code.org and we call as parents and families for the resignation of the Minister of Education, Director of Education and anyone responsible for approving the survey conducted in our schools. Apologies are simply not enough.
“We say no to the introduction of comprehensive sex education in our primary schools, preschools and secondary schools and yes to the teaching of sex education based on an optimal home approach. Children are our future and as a nation we need to create an environment in which they can thrive and grow to become productive citizens, and confusing them with sex and gender ideology is simply counterproductive” , he added.
Nicholls also called on the government to publicly state its position on introducing CSE into the school curriculum.
He also called on the government to develop a school sex education policy that clearly identifies what should be taught to children about sexual orientation, gender identity and “the notion that sex is binary and fluid”. .
Nicholls also asked if CARICOM has signed any agreements that mandate the teaching of comprehensive sex education in school curricula in the region. (RB)