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Sunday 24 September 2017

Comedian writes HSE sex education book for kids

The book will be provided later this year and the HSE has commissioned Oscar-nominated author and comedian Kathleen O'Rourke to write it
The book will be provided later this year and the HSE has commissioned Oscar-nominated author and comedian Kathleen O'Rourke to write it

Gordon Deegan

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is spending €50,000 on a new sex education book for children aged under 10.

Up to 60,000 copies will be circulated across the country and be made available free of charge to parents.

The book will be provided later this year and the HSE has commissioned Oscar-nominated author and comedian Kathleen O'Rourke to write it.

Ms O'Rourke shot to fame in 2010 when she was nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category for her comedic creation, Granny O'Grimm.

'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty' was written and voiced from an original idea by the 37-year-old Carlow-born author. Now she has put her talents towards helping parents explain 'the facts of life'.

The subject matter of the book is human reproduction, the human body and other elements of the Relationships and Sexuality curriculum.

A study by the HSE's Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme found parents want to talk to their children openly about relationships, human reproduction and growing up, "but find it challenging to translate understandings they hold into terms children can understand".

The HSE has also awarded a contract to award-winning Dublin animation firm Igloo Promotions to illustrate, design and layout Ms O'Rourke's 30-page full-colour children's book to a similar standard of a commercial children's book.

The project relates to Action 6 of the National Sexual Health Strategy Action Plan 2015-2016 which aims to "develop and disseminate guidelines and advice to parents of children aged under 10 years on sexuality, sexual development and growing up".

Irish Independent

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