DEVELOPING SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH WHOLISTIC GENDER AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION

Whole School Program

Developing the Self Developing the World offers facilitators to work with school communities in regards to sexuality and gender as part of their Health and Personal Development Curriculum.

 

Working wholistically with gender and sexuality helps develop an awareness of oneself and others, and builds an appreciation and recognition of what makes us truly human. Developing social understanding in human beings is an essential need for humanity today.

 

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The facilitators work with students, parents and teachers to provide a Whole School Program.

 

Working With Students

Class sessions

Student education starts the year the child turns 11 years old, an age when the growth in the child's body and soul develops towards puberty and becomes ready to receive more conscious pictures around gender and sexuality. Before that age, a child experiences and learns about their place in the world according to how the community thinks and behaves. Learning about gender and sexuality evolves out of how the family and community refer to the child and how society refers to or sees behind race, sex, gender, and other physical or cultural differences in people. We leave the other free when we recognise their individual capacities and support them towards working from these capacities in life.

 

For Classes 5  - 11 (from 11 - 18 years old), a facilitator meets with each class at school for an hour long session building up themes relating to developing social understanding through wholistic gender and sex education.

 

Individual sessions

Immediately following the class sessions, facilitators offer 15 minute private question sessions to students 14 years and above. Students may come individually or in a group. These sessions provide an opportunity for them to ask confidential questions of the facilitators based on the content that was presented. The adolescents find this time very useful as they often find it easier to confide in adults who are not part of their immediate community.

 

Class Themes

The themes for 11- 13 year olds are:

  • Developing who you are as an individual being and understanding our human evolving
  • Understanding our inner life
  • Understanding our social conditioning and interactions
  • Understanding the health and hygiene of the body
  • Discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty

The themes for 14 - 15 year olds are:

  • The developing and awakening of heightened self-consciousness
  • Discussing and understanding attraction and discussing the different types: sexual, social, romantic, consciousness.
  • Understanding how we contribute towards social conditions
  • Understanding substance use, early sexual exploration and existential human experiences
  • Exploring biological and physiological differences between males and females and the impacts of biology on behaviour

The themes for 16 year olds are:

  • Developing and awakening your conscious self in relationships
  • Understanding and recognizing the other’s point of view in sexual, social and romantic relationships
  • Understanding socialised differences around behaviours in males and females
  • Understanding the difference in the sexual act for the male biology and the female biology
  • Discussing attraction and biological urges of males and females
  • The true nature of sexual intercourse: the bodies of males and females and the sex act
  • Understanding substance use and sexuality

The themes for 17 – 18 year olds are:

  • Being able to assess and understand sexual diversity
  • Exploring sexual norms from the perspective of society
  • How power and eroticism affect relationships
  • Individual responsibility and sexuality

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Working With Parents and Teachers

Evening Lectures

For parents and teachers of children under 11 years old, facilitators bring a guide to recognise the milestones of development and how to work wholistically with gender and sexuality before the consciousness changes at puberty.

 

Facilitators offer an open meeting with the parents and teachers of the 11 – 14 years olds prior to the class sessions listed below. This enables parents and teachers to be prepared for questions from the students that may arise from the content that is presented.

 

For parents and teachers of the 15 – 18 year olds, facilitators offer a meeting after the class and individual sessions with students, to enable the adults to address any issues that may arise regarding the student community.

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Parents and staff of the specific class groups are asked to attend the particular evening lecture and we also often encourage the school to open up the lectures to the wider community.

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Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality from Birth to Puberty and Beyond
The lecture helps to recognise the relevant depth and progression anthroposophy brings to this important aspect of life and the responsibility of community in raising children and working together to promote individual wellbeing.

It will cover how and when we work with children and adolescents to bring the understanding of sexuality and gender in relation to where they are in their consciousness. This brings harmony between the evolving body and inner experiences that sets the ground for healthy adult experience. The talk will cover the themes of the content brought to the students and some of the main issues confronting child health and wellbeing in current times, with examples of how we can counter the unbalancing effects. We also address how to understand gender differences and similarities that both limit or free us and the contribution and struggles of the changing social structures around gender and sexuality affecting us all.

 

Full Day Course

A one day course for parents to become confident in knowing what to discuss with their children in regards to sexuality and gender in a way that contributes to social understanding. The course covers the stages of physical development throughout childhood and adolescence, the accompanying feelings, social conditioning, peer pressure and sexuality.  We discuss how to unite the physical facts of puberty and sex with the inner human experiences that connect a person to their soul and spiritual nature. This helps a person to make choices that support their ongoing development.

 

Various Community Lectures

Here are some suggestions of additional lectures that can be requested by a school.

 

Building Resilience to Meet the World - Understanding the Complexities of Child Development in Today's World

Through the esoteric understanding of child development we will explore what is needed to support a child’s growth at various stages of their school life. This brings harmony between the evolving body and soul which sets the ground for healthy adult experience. The course also addresses gender differences and similarities that can both limit or free us.

 

As adults much of what we struggle with today can be traced to our own developmental stages. By understanding deeply the foundations laid down in childhood we can recognise the healing steps we and others need to take. Through inner development exercises we overcome our past and in doing so we begin to see the potential gifts in it.

 

This course is highly valuable to teachers, parents, therapists and those wishing to gain insight into the anthroposophical wisdom of child development and the individual’s ability to transform the past through inner development.

 

Development, Health and Education

As we grow into life the needs of our health and education change. Through understanding the esoteric wisdom behind Waldorf Education we understand why teachers are also seen as preventative health carers. This wisdom leads us to gain knowledge of our own capacity to prevent or correct imbalances in body and soul.

 

Looking at the individual expression of a child's being, we begin to see their individual needs. At the same time we recognise the collective journey of childhood and the inevitable path of growth and change so that we can guide their unfolding stages in the most healthy way possible. Doing so brings insights into our own growth and development needs as adults and the inner exercises support our own strengthening enabling us to perceive and meet the needs of the child.

 

Earth ripe? Becoming an Adolescent
Uncover what we can do from early childhood to the teenage years to lessen the struggle of adolescents.Some things are inevitable and must be met, as we become "earth ripe", as Steiner called it. Understanding adolescents is useful in understanding the human struggle of why life for some, can be so difficult to live.

 

The Foundations of Health and Well being
When understanding and supporting the child’s body and soul development in today’s world filled with great changes and advancements, it is important to recognise what effects this has on their developmental processes. Our medical model is based on determining when an individual is sick rather than what makes them well. We do not need to wait years for studies to prove what may be detrimental to our children’s health, we can perceive what promotes health and wellbeing through the insights given out of Steiner education and Anthroposophical medicine. We speak about some of the main issues confronting child health and wellbeing in our times and how we can counter the unbalancing effects.

 

Gender and Sexuality in Adolescents
How and when we work with adolescents to bring the understanding of sexuality and gender in relation to where they are in their consciousness. Practical support at different stages of their development will be discussed and how to work in the health education of all stages of their changing relationship to these topics. This talk will cover some of the main issues confronting child health and wellbeing in current times, and how we can counter the unbalancing effects.

 

The Developing Child's Body and Soul Relationship
An introduction into the esoteric understanding of child development. We explore what is needed to support a child’s growth at various stages of their school life. This brings harmony between the evolving body and soul which sets the ground for healthy adult experience. The lecture also addresses gender differences and similarities that can both limit or free us.

 

Waldorf Education and the Inner Life of Parents and Teachers

Relationships in Our Times

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Click here to link to the Professional Development courses that complement this curriculum and help to build an understanding of the relevant depth and progression anthroposophy brings to this important aspect of life.

 

To enquire about The Whole School Program email developingtheself@gmail.com