Outrage after sex education pupils in Switzerland are given soft toy reproductive organs
Posted 2/4/2014 11:59:00 AM

School pupils were given soft toy penises and  vaginas by a Swiss education ministry project,  sparking a referendum in  the Alpine country.

The initiative was the brainchild of a group  of parents in the northern city of Basel that led the demand for schools to drop  the 'Sexbox' education kits.

The kits, which were to teach kids from  primary school upwards about sex, were eventually banned after widespread  protest, but the campaigners now want a country-wide ban on sex education for  children under nine.

 

The vote was ordered after campaigners  gathered more than the 100,000 signatures of voters required to put their  measure to the public for approval.

The campaign coalition - whose goal is the  'protection against sexualisation in kindergartens and primary schools' - handed  in its petition in December and the government is now obliged to set a date for  a vote.

Referendums are the bedrock of Switzerland's  system of direct democracy, with voters called out several times a year to voice  their opinion on a host of issues at local through to federal level.

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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