Does jumping up and down after sex prevent pregnancy? A shocking 83% of more than 1,000 young people recently taught reproductive health education in Puerto Princesa City said yes.
We couldn’t do the work that we do without the support of individuals and organizations around the world that share the same values that we do. When funders make the effort to visit Palawan and talk with our staff and the people we serve, it means a lot to all of us.
“This is really something — the kids never get the opportunity to ask questions like these.” A teacher leaned over and whispered to me.
We invited renowned sex psychologist, Dr. Margie Holmes to come to Palawan to work with students to talk about their concerns and develop a reproductive health curriculum.
“Teach abstinence”, said the rather quiet man in the back of the crowded classroom. “Teach abstinence and don’t even let students know about contraception – knowing will just encourage promiscuity!”
What does it take to really make a difference in a child’s life? The list is long, but one thing that the Roots of Health teachers have discovered is that personal attention and encouragement go a long, long way.
Ami tags along to watch a sexual health seminar at PSU and is shocked by some of the questions students asked. “Is sex really that bad?”
Brown University health researcher, Margeaux Berroth conducted a two-month intensive assessment of the health needs of the students of Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa. She found that many young people are having sex against the wishes of a church, family or other affiliated community, and that many are engaging in unprotected sex.
Shirene recounts the inspiring Storytelling Workshop with Gcina Mhlophe-Becker at Museo Pambata and how it has affected her in her work in Palawan as a ROH teacher.
Shirene recounts how eager to learn the students of Pulang Lupa are, they come to class rain or shine.