By Leandria Pagunsan
Foundation Preparatory Academy (FPA) has initiated an awareness campaign on teenage pregnancy and premarital sex among students from the high school department with the use of rag dolls to be carried by students for the whole month of February.
As part of the technology and livelihood education subject, students are made to create rag dolls out of a pattern and they are to use rice as fillers instead of foam or cotton with the purpose of adding the weight close to that of an infant.
Also, the said campaign will instill at an early stage, the value of responsibility among young people as they gear towards adulthood.
Students are to take care of the rag dolls and, if possible, carry it most of the time.
According to Felipe Sullera, Jr. Senior High School head teacher, FPA will continue to practice this initiative not only for the benefit of its students but for the community as well.
Sullera also added that in the past 10 years since it was implemented, the practice has reduced (if not eliminated) the incidence of teen pregnancies and premarital sex among high school students at FPA.
Dr. Mira D. Sinco, the current superintendent of FPA, began the awareness program during her term as university president.