A number of concerned teachers and parents have banded together to raise awareness about the introduction of a what they state is 'a worrying new sex education programme for Catholic primary schools'.

Coolagown local Máire de Barra, who is a member of the group, says the aim is to raise awareness with parents and encourage them to contact their schools and enquire about what is happening in them and to ask that the Flourish programme not be rolled out.

“I am one of a group of parents and teachers who are worried about the impact the new Flourish programme will have on young children in primary schools both now and as they progress through the education system. We don't agree with it at all," she told The Avondhu this week.

The new Flourish programme, aimed at Catholic primary schools as a part of relationships and sexuality education (RSE), is available for use in classes from junior infants to sixth class.

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