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Case Study: Implementing Sexual Education in an Islamic School

Originally held on Friday, May 1, 2015

Presented by Dylan Chown

The discussion around sexual education in schools has been building steam. The recent curriculum changes and requirements in Ontario, Canada have garnered alot of attention and concern from parents of various backgrounds.

While many Islamic schools struggle with incorporating a sexual-education curriculum in their school at all, the questions that come to mind are; what is sexual education? why is it important? what aspects of sexual education are appropriate at what age?

Some of these questions, have already been tackled on our website, here, here, and here.

In this webinar, Muslim educator, Dylan Chown presents his experience in developing and implementing a sexual education program in an Islamic school in Australia.

This exploration of the outcomes, limitations and lessons learned, offers educators in Islamic schools access to valuable insights for their own contexts.

This case study:

  • Examines processes for developing a successful program
  • Foregrounds a ‘strength based approach’ rather than a ‘risk based approach’
  • Emphasizes modesty and not shame
  • Views sexual education as a vehicle for personal empowerment and thus purpose (ma’rifa)
  • Recommends a whole community approach to sexual education

Key questions answered in this webinar:

  1. Who owns this part of the curriculum?
  2. How do I find appropriate resources?


About the Presenter

Dylan Chown is an alumni of the Islamic Teacher Education Program and now facilitator of course one: “Purpose and Pedagogy”. He is the principal of Amanah Institute, a leading Madrassah in Queensland, Australia. Dylan is completing his doctoral studies on school effectiveness and Islamic schools. As an Islamic education consultant, he regularly travels to Islamic schools throughout Australia. Dylan has 17 years’ experience in education across diverse state and private school contexts, including rural and inner city; a juvenile detention facility; a flexi-school for at-risk youth; and an independent Islamic school. He completed his Bachelor of Education with a double major in Physical Education and Health Education. Dylan spent 9 years at an Islamic school as the Head of Department for Health and Sports Science. In this time he also gained extensive experience as a member of the Health Education District Review Panel. In his classroom practice as a Health and Physical Education teacher Dylan has planned, coordinated and taught numerous sexual education programs and units to secondary school students 12 - 19 years of age. A successful sexual education program he developed at an Islamic school was featured in a National Journal. His efforts were further recognised in a number of forums with invitations to present on his experience tailoring a sexual education to the Islamic school context at the annual conferences of the Australian Council of Health and Physical Education and Recreation and Family Planning Queensland.