“This is really something — the kids never get the opportunity to ask questions like these.” A teacher leaned over and whispered to me.
Young people are more comfortable talking with their peers than adult, especially when it comes to sex. That is why a peer support system is so important in Palawan where teen pregnancy rates are high and reproductive health knowledge is low.
“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!”
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?”
A Roots of Health volunteer, Margeaux Berroth writes about her experiences with the students and staff at Palawan State University while conducting research into the health concerns of the students.