Project “Healthy Relationships” lasts from September 1st, 2022 to November 30th, 2023 and it is focused on the key problem of the lack of content from the field of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in school curricula, the lack of recognition of its importance by relevant stakeholders, and the stigma based on inaccurate information that’s surrounding CSE.
Key activities are research activities in primary and secondary schools with a focus on elements of CSE, advocacy for the introduction of CSE, and public awareness of the benefits of introducing CSE. Strengthening the capacity of CSOs contributes to sustainability, and collaborations during the project open up space for new national and bilateral collaborations with Norway in the broader field of organizations’ work. The applicant’s role is coordination and participation in activities, while partners from Croatia will participate in all elements of the project. This project will contribute to gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence, as the CSE curriculum acts as a mechanism for the prevention of gender-based violence and violence in youth relationships, and breaks gender stereotypes and roles, which contributes to gender equality and the construction of a fairer and more inclusive society, especially for children and young people as vulnerable groups.
The general goal of the project:
Contribution to the introduction of comprehensive sexual education (CSE) in primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Croatia
Specific goals of the project:
Collect evidence for advocating the introduction of CSE in primary and secondary schools
Establish a dialogue with representatives of local and regional self-government units about the introduction of complete sex education in primary and secondary schools
Raise public awareness of the benefits of introducing CSE in primary and secondary schools
This project is implemented by the Association for Human Rights and Civic Participation PaRiter, Lesbian Organization Rijeka – LORI, SOS Rijeka – Center for Nonviolence and Human Rights, and Association Delta, while the partner units of local and regional self-government are the City of Rijeka and Varaždin County, while Primosko-Goranska and Sisak-Moslavina County are associated partners.
The project was supported by €89.637,99 of financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway within the framework of the European Economic Area and Norwegian grants.