#SexEdTheCity - A Call to Improve the Quality of Sex Education in General Santos
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Sex Education is more than just about sex, it's about empowering the people, it's about providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to make healthy and well-informed decisions.
A Call to Improve the Quality of Sex Education in General Santos City - an effective way in preventing the cases of STDs and pregnancy among the youth of General Santos City. #SexEdTheCity
To make you support our call for action, we will show you the reality through the numbers.
In the Philippines, 1 in 10 young Filipino women have begun childbearing. 1 in 5 of them had initiated their sexual activity before the age of 18, more of them coming from those with poorer education. Reported cases of HIV infections among teenagers nearly tripled between 2007 and 2008 from 41 cases to 110 per year. In 2009, teenagers make 29% of all new infections.
In General Santos City, 2012, the cases of teenage pregnancies have reached 3,010 cases. There are 767 recorded young fathers. This continue to increase along with 51 persons living with HIV.
Sex education is the immersion of science of reproduction, physical care and hygiene, correct values and the norms of interpersonal relations to the youth. One reason of it being taught in schools is that it is meant to prevent the cases of STDs and pregnancy among the youth but despite the presence of sex education in the K-12 curriculum in the Philippines, the said cases are still prominent and statistics continue to increase at an alarming rate. The reason being, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is that the the curriculum in the country has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexual education (CSE) which should be taught in schools. Also, teachers have yet to be trained on how best to deliver age-specific CSE within the curriculum.
The increase in the statistics can be traced from inadequate population education, among many other factors. It can be inferred that the factor that have contributed to these problems are the apparent misguided notions the youth have about sex and other aspects that revolve around it.
THIS brings us to our petition. The youth is the future of this country, of our city; but how can they raise the nation if they are being held captive of the consequences of ignorance. We have told you our stand, we have told you the numbers, we have told you the WHYs; now, we want you to join us in our call for improving the quality of sex education in General Santos City.
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Reproductive Health for the Youth Organization (RHYO) needs your help with “THIS is more than just about SEX - A Call to Improve the Quality of Sex Education in General Santos City #SexEdTheCity”. Join Reproductive Health for the Youth Organization and 144 supporters today.