BFN joins #LeaveOurKidsAlone movement

Bloemfontein parents who took to the streets this past week

This past week parents in Bloemfontein joined the national outcry and took to the streets against the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program that has been introduced in schools.

Bloemfontein Courant spoke to Catherine Marais, who explained that the reason for their march is that the CSE program teaches certain principles to children that are against religious and cultural believes in South Africa.

Marais said that the program exposes children to sexual content and strips away at their innocence. She said the biggest issue is that the curriculum undermines the parent-child relationship and removes the opportunity for parents to teach their children about sexuality according to their own beliefs and values.

She explained that the demands of the group right across the country is for the CSE program to be removed and that the government should leave parenting up to the parents. She said that their memorandum is clear and also states that they want the government to stop taking advice, money and programs from the United Nations without full consultation and approval from the citizens.

“We want to live in a country where family values are upheld and where the institution of marriage is promoted and respected,” she said.

Marias further said that there is a Facebook group, #LeaveOurKidsAlone, where people can visit if they would like to join the movement. According to the memorandum that they had on the day, their plans will intensify over the coming weeks.

Sazly Hartzenberg