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Teen pregnancy film ignites conversation on sex education in Indonesia

Josa Lukman and Erica Francisca Thajeb

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, August 9, 2019  /  03:25 pm
Teen pregnancy film ignites conversation on sex education in Indonesia

Vaniecia, 16, once learned about sex education in ninth grade at school. However, it was brief and did not really explain what sex was. When she brought up the subject to her parents, they merely told her that she would find out herself soon enough. “My sister was the one who provided me with the education that I should’ve received from the beginning,” she said. Vaniecia felt fortunate that her sister was willing to explain to her what her parents and teachers refused to, but for her a question remained: “What about underage [children] who find out about sex themselves and have false interpretations of it?” Sex education remains a taboo subject for many parents in Muslim-majority Indonesia, but the recent release of Dua Garis Biru (Two Blue Stripes) has ignited a discussion on the importance of having the bird and the bees talk. Starring Angga Yu...