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Songwriter singer Kinley Dowling helps develop new P.E.I. sex-ed curriculum

KINLEY is showing her versatility as a musician and a singer-songwriter. She is in concert with Dennis Ellsworth at The Mack in Charlottetown today at 7:30 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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A new sexual health curriculum based on a P.E.I. musician’s award-winning song and music video is now being taught in Island classrooms.

The new health curriculum resource, “The Microphone Project”, was made available this fall to help teachers engage Grade 9 youth in sex health education discussions.

The province collaborated with singer-songwriter Kinley Dowling, educators and community organizations to develop the new resource.

The curriculum is inspired by Dowling’s song and music video, “Microphone”.

Dowling said although she wrote the song for herself, she realized how many people were affected by the song’s message after it was released.

"‘Microphone’ starts a conversation around consent that has been long overdue. The video is authentic. It’s the first time I said out loud to a friend the details about what happened the night I was sexually assaulted,” said Dowling.

“It’s hard to watch, but it is necessary for education and healing. I am so honoured that it has inspired a new resource that will live on in the public school system in P.E.I.”

The curriculum has four modules: consent; gender norms; bystander intervention and sexual assault.

“The Microphone Project is an invaluable tool that will help our educators and young Islanders address the topics of sexual violence,” said Education Minister Jordan Brown. “The modules cover a wide range of topics that will guide youth in making informed decisions.”

More information about the curriculum is available online.

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