Approval of sex education in K-12 curriculum
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In the Philippines, more and more teenagers have been involved in pre-marital sex and the reason why is because of the lack of education about sexuality. It is important for the teenagers to learn and be aware of it in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STDs that may greatly affect the course of life involved. The reason we made this petition is because of the following: to decrease the highly increasing unwanted pregnancies and STDs cases in the Philippines, to facilitate adolescents to gain knowledge, attitudes, skills and values to make appropriate and healthy choices in their sexual behavior, and to teach them the necessary knowledge and the correct way of procreation.
We, a student and teenager in mind, greatly concern us that many of our fellow peers are experiencing great losses in their lives due to having committed pre-marital sex alone. On the other hand, we also fully understand that Philippines is a Catholic country and sex is considered as a sacred thing and should not be easily mentioned in our daily living. However, we also believe in the separation of the state and the church. We have faith that the approval of the aforementioned will provide along the way to compensate for the misunderstandings between church and the state and will continue to coexist.
Sex is a natural part of life, and it happens with or without sex education. 41% of Filipino 18-year-olds have had intercourse. 99% of Filipinos will have sex in their lifetime. No school in the Philippines require sex and HIV education be taught in schools. Sex is a fundamental part of being human; but less than zero of our school in the Philippines require sex and HIV education because of the church, and most of what is taught is sub-par. Just because we refuse to talk about sex doesn’t mean it's just going to go away.
Sex education will provide the knowledge about the proper way to have a safe sexual intercourse and when is the appropriate time to do it. Sex education is important. It's been proven time and time again. We know students who receive formal sex education in schools are shown to first have sexual intercourse later than students who have not had sex education. Sex education does not encourage teenagers to have sex, it does quite the opposite.
Every teenager should have sex education incorporated into their schooling. It shouldn’t be opt-in or opt-out but mandatory. Why should parents be able to opt their children in or out of a subject that they'll need later in life, one way or another? Sex education should be mandatory, comprehensive, medically accurate, and taught throughout student's school years, just like math. It's been shown to help students, not hurt. Not only is having access to sex education that is not only comprehensive but medically accurate a human right; it's our fundamental duty as a society to educate the next generation. Currently, we are failing.
We call on the Department of Education in the Philippines to approve and include sex education in the newly implemented K-12 curriculum for the reasons stated above. We strongly believe that education plays an important role in molding a person’s decisions and we respectfully declare that through the approval of including sex education will prove worthy and beneficial in the long run. According to Mandela, education is a weapon. In correlation with this, we may be able to solve most of the aforementioned problem above in a swift and efficient manner so we deeply hope that it will be approved.
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