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"Training young people to be able to love is not the responsibility of governments, but of parents."

The Full Professor Jokin de Irala, researcher of Institute for Culture and Society, made these statements on the framework of the VI congress International Provida Ecuador 2013

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Dr. Jokin de Irala. PHOTO: Aciprensa
14/11/13 16:00 Aciprensa/ICS

"It is the responsibility of parents, not governments, to educate young people on issues of sexuality and affectivity so that they become adults capable of loving". This was expressed by Jokin de Irala, researcher main project 'Education of affectivity and human sexuality' del Institute for Culture and Societyin an interview with Aciprensa.

The expert made these statements at framework of the VI International Provida Ecuador 2013 congress , which brought together more than 1,300 participants from the Americas and Europe from November 8 to 10 in Guayaquil.

Dr. De Irala, Full Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, assured that the State cannot replace parents in preparing their children on these issues. "Many do not know how to address this Education and do not feel prepared, but that does not mean that they have to delegate their responsibility to the government," he said. "In that case, the role of the governors is to facilitate civil associations to train fathers and mothers to perform this work."

The danger of misinformation

The specialist pointed out that there are different approaches to sexual Education : "As opposed to the eminently biological one, which implies letting oneself be carried away by impulses, we propose a Education that conceives sexuality as good news, but which conceives that its proper place is that in which there is a total guarantee of mature love and which is a preparation for love".

Regarding the generalization of the former, he warned that it is not only due to a question of ideology, but that there are numerous economic interests: "It is known that a young person who has not developed his character well and who does not have discipline will be very consumerist".

On the other hand, he referred to the problems generated by misinformation: "In some countries the term 'safe sex' is not used because it could be catalogued as misleading advertising , since it is false from a scientific point of view. When young people hear it, they think that condoms will protect them -as well as abstinence- from any infection or unwanted pregnancy, when this is not the case. Because they are uninformed, they are not free to decide whether or not to have sex."