The leader of the Cypriot Orthodox Church, Archbishop Georgios III, has approved the inclusion of a sexual education program in schools, as reported by cyprus.philenews.com.
Recently, a law was passed in the Republic, making sexual education compulsory, starting from preschools and extending to the senior classes of both private and public schools. Before the start of the academic year, the Ministry of Education in Cyprus began conducting seminars for teachers who will be instructing this course. The objective of the curriculum, according to officials, is to "broaden children's capabilities so they can protect themselves."
During a meeting with the Minister of Education and the head of the sexual education program, the Archbishop was assured that ignorance makes young people vulnerable to predators. It is reported that this topic will be discussed at the next meeting of the Holy Synod, which is expected to announce the unified position of the Cypriot Church on this matter.
Metropolitan Paphos Tychikos, the second-highest-ranking clergyman in the Cypriot Orthodox Church, opposed the government's program. According to Metropolitan Paphos, this lesson "aims to deprive our children of spiritual resilience, dull their moral senses, and level down the values of our two-thousand-year Christian tradition and conscience."
Commenting on the stance of those opposing the introduction of sex education lessons in schools, Archbishop Georgios stated, "We should not succumb to extremist voices, whether they come from various circles in Greece or are voiced here in Cyprus, and leave children uninformed, making them vulnerable to predators."