The Shanghai Educational Publishing House last Wednesday launched China's first gender textbook designed specifically for male students in primary school.
Entitled "Xiaoxiao Nanzihan" or "Little Man" in English, the textbook focuses on mental health education of male pupils in the fourth and fifth grades in primary school, aiming to help them understand sexual physiology, sexual psychology and enhance their fundamental ability of self-protection.
With a total of six chapters, the textbook introduces a wide range of basic knowledge including the topics of "What is the difference between a boy and a girl?", "Why am I a boy and not a girl?", "What does a father mean to a son?" as well as "Why do we need to have awareness about investment and money management?".
The Shanghai Educational Publishing House said pupils who learn the book will have a separate classroom from their female classmates.
The move aims to help boys more openly discuss some questions they might otherwise not address in their daily lives.