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Five minutes with: Explore

By opo_webmaster, 10 February 2015 Children

www.theexploreexperience.co.uk

We spent five minutes with Crispin Drummond from Explore to discuss his work promoting #RelationshipEd across the country.

Explore is a charitable organisation that visits schools in the UK, bringing married couples into the classroom and giving students the chance to ask them about married life.

Pupils lead the discussions, and are encouraged to delve into subjects such as sex, commitment, love and communication in couple relationships. The couples are open and honest, giving students a candid and  unvarnished insight into marriage.

 

What is the main purpose of Explore? What projects/ campaigns is it focusing on this year?

 

Explore plans to work with more young people, in more settings throughout the country.  New areas of operation include Walsall, Cambridge, Surrey, and large parts of London.

What do you hear most from young people about their experiences?

 

Uncertainty.  The questions young people ask at an Explore session reveal they know a lot about how relationships can go wrong.  But they haven’t found out how to make sure that relationships go right.

Young people learn the realities of life from TV shows, movies and online. And they could in addition learn about relationships from families and friends – if only they’d talk openly about the subject.

What do you think young people want/need?

 

Hope.  After an Explore session, young people tell us they’ve gained hope.  They hope they will be able to attract a life partner.  And then they hope they will be able to cope with the unexpected challenges that life sets.

Do you think school is the best/only place young people should access sex and relationship education?

 

School is a good place for young people to learn facts, including the facts of sex.  But schools are not much good at teaching complicated things like values.  Young people learn the realities of life from TV shows, movies and online. And they could in addition learn about relationships from families and friends – if only they’d talk openly about the subject.  So there’s nowhere much for young people to learn about these things.

If you could go back and give your 16 year old self one piece of relationship advice, what would it be?

 

Do wait for the right person.  And don’t be impatient

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