Rosses school undertakes '24/7' teen pregnancy project

A special study on the affects of teenage pregnancy on both boys and girls is the focus of a unique new project by the pupils of Rosses Community School in Dungloe.

A special study on the affects of teenage pregnancy on both boys and girls is the focus of a unique new project by the pupils of Rosses Community School in Dungloe.

There are two groups taking part in the project - one specialising in teenage pregnancy in girls and one in teenage fathers.

The groups are using realistic "Life Choice Baby Simulators" as well as 'Flour sack babies' that some students will have to care for "24/7".

These are made from bags of flour and made to resemble the weight of a newborn baby and the students will have to carry them around for a week to simulate what it will be like to care for a child around the clock.

It is being led by art teacher Eilse O' Hart through her "Young Social Innovators class".

Eilse explains the Young Social Innovators (YSI) mission is to raise awareness among young people all by recognising a social issue that they feel strongly about and then come up with an innovative action to help change it for the good.

"There are 26 students in the class and we decided to split the class into two groups and produce two projects. They both felt that teenage pregnancy is a huge problem in our area and wanted to do something about it. We have a 'girls' group that are looking at the project from the girls point of view and a 'boys' group who are looking at it from their point of view," she says.

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