Spreading of false information

Charlotte made this Official Information request to Ministry of Education

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From: Charlotte

Dear Ministry of Education,
Can you please advise whether the post published on the "educationgovtnz" instagram page is correct or whether this is misleading and harmful dis information?
the post published on the 21st of July 2022 quotes the following: "Having a period isn't just a 'feminine thing': People of all genders can experience periods".
Can you also advise whether there is anything in the curriculum for any school aged child 5-18 years in New Zealand which includes the above quote.
thank you.

Yours faithfully,
C M Cotter

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From: Access To Period Products
Ministry of Education

Kia ora Charlotte

The Ministry aims to use inclusive language in all our communications, especially those regarding Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata – Period products in schools initiative and in regards to the Relationship and Sexuality Education Guidelines, which you can find here: https://hpe.tki.org.nz/guidelines-and-po....

The post aims to encourage people to be more mindful and kind with how they discuss menstruation so not to exclude members of our society. For example, a transgender man may menstruate while identifying as a male, and a nonbinary person may also have a period, but not identify as any gender at all.

As every school is able to adapt the national curriculum’s framework to create a localised curriculum, this teaching and learning will be different in every school. While the quote itself is not specifically included in the curriculum, it is best to approach your young person’s school for details on what is being taught through their health curriculum.

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Ikura|Manaakitia te whare tangata
Period products in schools team

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