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About 1,000 teachers have been trained to provide sexuality education in Lithuanian schools, Vice Minister of Education and Science Grazvydas Kazakevicius says.

The teachers were trained to provide education based on a new program on health, sexuality education and family, which came into force last September. The preparation of the sexuality education program sparked controversy in Lithuania, especially on how children should be taught about sexual intercourse and contraception.

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