Kindergarten children in Basel, Switzerland, will be presented this year with fabric models of human genitalia in a “sex box” to teach them that “contacting body parts can be pleasurable.”
“The kit for teachers to give sex-education lessons to primary school children uses models and recommends having children massage each other or to rub themselves with warm sand bags, accompanied by soft music, according to the Local, a Swiss English-language newspaper.
“Children should be encouraged to develop and experience their sexuality in a pleasurable way,” Daniel Schneider, a deputy kindergarten rector for Basel who helped develop the sex ed curriculum along with experts, had said earlier this year.
He added, “It’s important that they learn to say no if they don’t want to be touched in a certain area.”
It was unclear how this would be accomplished by teaching children that such touching is pleasurable.
Education officials who have reportedly been flooded with over 3,000 complaints from outraged parents have agreed to change the program’s name, but will do nothing to stop the materials from being distributed in schools, according to the Local.
Christoph Eymann, Basel education minister and member of the Liberal Democrat party, told the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, “It was no doubt stupid to call it a ‘sex box’ – we will change that.
“But we will stick to our goal: to get across to children that sexuality is something natural. Without forcing anything upon them or taking anything away from their parents.”