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CONGRESO ACERCA DE LA FORMACION DE LOS JOVENES EN AMOR SEXO, Y VIDA (AFECTIVIDAD), MANILA NOVIEMBRE 2007

'REAL LOVE REVOLUTION' LAUNCHED IN MANILA

Young people today are just as interested as their grandparents were in finding true and lasting love, according to research carried out this year in the Philippines. Findings from the survey of 4000 students aged 13 to 24 were presented to some 700 delegates at the Second International Congress on Education in Love, Sex and Life, held in Manila last month. They show that 85 per cent of the youths value waiting to have sex as a special gift to the person with whom they will share their life, and no less than 93 per cent put a lasting marriage as their top life goal.

Three quarters of the largely Catholic sample had not had sex, and half of those who had, admitted they were not ready for it. Their main source of information about sexuality was friends, followed by the internet and magazines, and only in third place parents. Parents obviously need help with this job, said study director Dr Jokin de Irala of the University of Navarre in Spain. The young people definitely wanted more information about all biological aspects of sex and procreation, but they were even more interested, overall, in learning about readiness for dating, how to manage their feelings and how to distinguish between desire, sexual attraction and love.

The congress, the second in a series which began in Mexico last year, promoted character education as the basis for chastity among young people faced with intense media pressure to treat sex as a commodity for general consumption. Keynote speaker Thomas Lickona, a professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, said there were three crucial assets young people need to live a chaste lifestyle in our highly sexualised culture: the ethical wisdom of religious and other traditions; strength of character displayed in a range of virtues; and ethical support systems, including the family and the school. A youth rally following the congress drew well over 1000 young people and a campaign to "keep love real" will continue its work.

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