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In El Salvador, sex education is taboo.

But educators in some schools are implementing a modest form of sex ed to reduce teen pregnancy and improve young people’s lives.  https://nbcnews.to/2JV19pJ  (1/6)

1 out of every 3 pregnancies in El Salvador is of a female between the ages of 10 and 19, a UN report says.

Femicide and violence in gang-held territories also run rampant in the nation, and a lack of trust in authorities leads to many cases going unreported. (2/6)

Studies show that the risk of teen pregnancy increases in areas where education is hard to access.

To address this, the Ministry of Education created a national sex-ed curriculum in 2009 and a plan to integrate it into public schools.  https://nbcnews.to/2JV19pJ  (3/6)

Sex education faces challenges from religious groups, and also policymakers. The curriculum spans from first grade to high school, but is yet to be implemented in every grade.

The ministry doesn’t have the authority to make it a mandate, since sex education is not a law. (4/6)

According to a May 2019 government report, there was a slight dip in the country's number of child and teen pregnancies between 2015 and 2017 — about 5,000 fewer pregnancies.

In some areas of the country, however, teen pregnancy numbers had gone up.  https://nbcnews.to/2JV19pJ  (5/6)

“Sex education can empower women and provide them with information about how their bodies work,” says Yeny Rivas of the Ministry of Education. “It can be a fundamental tool to identify when your reproductive and human rights are being violated.” (6/6) #NBCNewsThreads

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