It is the beginning of the year, which means a lot of new projects ahead for PULSE! In preparation for a new round of Educational Band Visits, PULSE is now developing the educational material for 2019. In regards to the development of new material, FBF and PULSE can happily announce that they received generous funding from the Norwegian Embassy to develop a new project that will focus on the LGBT+ awareness. The project will work under the name FBF PLUS and is being added to PULSE guides and Educational Band Visit curriculum, in order to spread knowledge about this highly relevant and important subject.
South Africa was the first country in the world to safeguard sexual orientation as a human right in its constitution. The law came into force 27 April 1994, and forbid discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or sexual orientation. Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 30 November 2006 which made South Africa the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Despite progressive and liberal changes in the laws early on, South Africa still remains a country of many different cultures and norms. Therefore, the conversations about LGBT+ are not as accepted as one would think, and only a small percentage of the population has disclosed openly about their LGBT+ orientation.
Not knowing and not having the proper knowledge and education about certain topics is what creates uncertainty and misunderstandings. Therefore, it is a great opportunity for PULSE to have these topics as focus points and spread the knowledge to FBF staff and members. In addition to LGBT+ awareness, PULSE will present new material on Sexual Health and Group Development and Interactive Lifeskills Activities. The importance of how to safely talk to members about sensitive topics regarding sexual education is high, and knowing how to successfully involve members actively when discussing lifeskills topics is vital for the education. PULSE is also working on making all of the lifeskills activities music and movement related, to tie everything together with what FBF stands for.
Written by: Madeleine
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