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Q&A: Teaching Sexual Education in Islamic Schools

Originally held on Friday, October 30, 2015

Presented by Dylan Chown

A key area in Islamic learning is the subject of sexual education in accordance to the principles and wisdoms set by Allah subhanahu wa taala.

The discussion around sexual education in schools and in Islamic schools has been growing.

Is sexual education part of the curriculum at your Islamic school? How do you present this topic in your class? What challenges do you face?

To answer the various questions we have received, and to takes yours as well, we will be hosting a Question & Answer session with Br. Dylan Chown.

The Islamic Teacher Education Program has been shedding light on this important topic in the following blogs and webinars:

We encourage you to peruse the linked resources above, and welcome your questions during the webinar inshaAllah.

Time Marker of Questions Answered

12:20 – In Ontario, Canada our government wants to introduce gender fluidity…and having 2 moms and 2 dads, gender identity, etc. At what age would you introduce this?

17:25 – At what age or grade level should sexual education begin?

23:26 – I recently took a class on Mahram and Non-Mahram with class 6 boys and girls (age 11), however I was asked to avoid teaching regarding the topics of ‘mahrams by breastfeeding’. I took separate classes with them. What should my approach be in teaching this category?

29:32 – How to address issues of pornography? Especially in lower primary not even the higher grades?

33:25 – I had to avoid some part of surah al Nisa:23 where is talks about ‘entering upon you..’ and I did not know how to handle it.

36:28 – As I am an Islamic school teacher and a mother I would like to know the right age and right materials or topics to discuss with my daughters and my class.

37:05 – How far should sex education go when teaching at elementary school level?

41:04 – How has sexual education been taught by Muslims in the past? For example, during the time of the prophet, and in the centuries afterward?

42:45 – What level of explicitness is appropriate when teaching sexual education to elementary students (eg. grade 4-6)?

43:26 – As an educator managing various age groups of children from young to teens times have evolved. One of my major concern is sexual orientation topic. This is a new challenge that we as Muslims face as we know Islam clearly defines rules. How do you approach a student who’s demeanor and actions clearly shows a confused with gender identity? Homosexuality is a topic that is often surfacing quite often. What is the tarbiya or any advice if a student is going through this issue. How to prevent other students from bullying. Any suggestions or advice?

47:55 – What I would like to know about Islamic Ed is how do we address sex education with prior misconceptions on this topic whether it be from cultural ways or media?

48:50 – How should sex ed be tackled in an Islamic school?

49:05 – I teach Science to middle school boys. Sometimes it becomes difficult to teach topic like reproductive system to opposite gender. How would I teach this topic to the boys?

49:46 – How to answer a question regarding gay and lesbian relationships?

53:55 – How much time should we spend on this topic in an Islamic school? (curriculum)

59:05 – Wearing pink on Pink Day as a show of solidarity against bullying?

1:00:00 – Are there efforts in place to create a curriculum regarding sexual education for Islamic schools?


Dylan Chown

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.