Cambodia to teach LGBT+ issues in schools to tackle discrimination

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12/10/2019

Children in Cambodia will receive lessons on LGBT+ issues from 2020 in a bid to wipe out bullying and discrimination in the socially conservative country, an official said on Tuesday. From grade seven, around age 13, modules covering sexual orientation and gender identity will be part of sex education in schools, said Yung Kunthearith, deputy director of the education ministry’s department of health studies. “It’s about equality,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “We want our children to be aware of these issues and know that no one should be discriminated against in school or any part of life.” Cambodia has no legislation that deals specifically with LGBT+ people. Same sex marriages are neither criminalized nor officially recognized by the state.

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