''A Well Informed Adolescent"
Un proyecto de construcción de paz de Sarah K.
¿Cuál es la injusticia que estamos intentando resolver?
I’m currently undergoing a National youth Service in Yala Local government area of Cross River State Nigeria. And have come to realized that adolescents and youths in this community face an injustice of silence to their sexual reproductive health. This culture of silence is so inbred in the community that even adults, parents and schools find it difficult accepting youth’s sexual development as a natural and positive part of growth and maturation. Parents cannot educate their young adults on their reproductive health. Consequently this internal and external stigma perpetrated by the community members has force young people to seek sexual health reproductive care and self-treat or manage health concerns until it is too late. Adolescents have been forced to rely on peers and broadcasting platform like videos and magazine for information regarding sexual matters and Very often this information is inaccurate, misleading and sometimes completely false. Consequently many young people become sexually active without sufficient knowledge about sex reproduction and contraception or their rights and responsibilities as a sexually active person. Not been knowledgeable about their sexual reproductive health has resulted in so many negative effects to these adolescents and youths problems such as early sexual activity, Unwanted pregnancy , Inability for teenagers to express their reproductive rights which leads to early marriage, Lack of accurate sexual and reproductive health information, Unsafe sexual practices as a result of traditional gender roles, Barriers facing sexual education at various homes and Unsafe Abortion as a result of unintended pregnancy. Making wrong decisions on their sexual reproductive health as adolescents has forced many adolescent in Yala Community to drop out of schools to raise children, take up jobs, they are poorly fed, and they face social exclusion and poverty.
Nuestra Idea Compasiva
Para resolver la injusticia de Lack of quality sexual and reproductive health education at home and schools.
Abordaremos Lack of accurate and inaccessible reproductive health information and in the process address barriers facing sexual education at homes.
A través de Awareness campaign and one to one counselling
- To enable adolescents know and understand the potential consequences of unprotected sexual intercourse and how to avoid those outcomes before being sexually active.
- To enable adolescents know and understand the basic facts about their body,how it works, and sex. Which will help young people to take informed choices about what is right for them.
- To equip adolescents with necessary information as regards sexual behavior. 3. To enlighten them on how to ignore pressure from others and know how to say No 4. To have adolescents that are well grounded in accurate knowledge and information on sexual reproductive health. 5. To reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancies
Aumentaremos mi / nuestra compasión por medio de...
Letting the adolescents know that they are part of the society and the sexual reproductive health is pivotal to societal development. Ensure that parents, teachers and elders in the community are part of the solutions we design.
¿Cómo mostrarás coraje (valentía)?
Taking Sexual Reproductive health information to various schools. Advocate for school policies to include sexual reproductive health and Rights in their policies. Advocate schools and government creating safe spaces where sexual reproductive health information will be discussed and disseminated with fear or prejudice.
¿Cómo colaborarán con otros/as?
I will collaborate with NGOs, School authorities, parents and interested volunteers by writing and sending letters to the aforelisted individuals. I will also collaborate with adolescents by informing them in their various schools and churches.
¿Cómo sabrás que te estás moviendo en la dirección correcta? (¿Cuáles son las formas específicas en que puedes medir tu impacto?)
Teenagers in community becomes aware of their sexual reproductive health. Number of teenage pregnancies reduce. Adolescents feel safe in discussing their sexual reproductive health with fear. Numbers of attendees to events. Adolescents and Youths becomes more active and participate in community development.
- 1. Seek for more volunteers
- 2. Get approval from Schools. 3. Find funding for activities 4. Get equipment such as amplifier, projector, projector screen to be used ready 5. Get resource materials, resource persons (doctors, nurses, counsellors) available for the campaigns 6. Get volunteers ready 7. Run the day
¿Cómo profundizó el proyecto la comprensión de la injusticia en tu equipo?
Working with volunteers in addressing lack of quality sexual reproductive health education in my community and secondary schools helped the team members become familiarized with the challenges adolescents faced. The project also enabled them understood how they contribute and solve this menace by training them on solutions and ways to eradicate this injustice.
¿Cómo cambió tu comunidad como resultado de tu proyecto?
Due to A Well Informed Adolescent Campaign, adolescents have been able to understand basic facts about their body, how it works. More Secondary School Students were equipped with the necessary information to know the difference between fact and fiction with regard to sexual behavior. •They were also made to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and its consequences on their academics. • As a result of this campaign adolescents can now express their sexual feelings in a way that is not harmful to oneself or to anyone else. • The community as changed and indiscriminate sexual advances rejected because they learn how to say “No, I am not ready for sex” in the course of the project. • Yala youths are now well grounded in accurate knowledge and information on sexual and reproductive health.
¿Cuántas personas fueron impactadas por tu proyecto?
Explica cómo alcanzaste este número de participantes o el número de personas impactadas por el proyecto:
We were able to visit 10 different secondary schools in Yala LGA where we carried out the campaign. Here are the attendance for each school. Name of Schools Number of Boys Number of Girls Total Mary Knoll College (Boys alone School),Okuku 207 Nil 207 Eracare Secondary School, Okuku 27 15 42 Glado Computer Science College, Okuku 30 34 74 Yala Government Secondary School, Okpoma42 52 94 Yala Commercial Secondary School,Okpoma 220 135 355 Classical Secondary School, Okpoma 61 86 147 Glado Art &Science College, Okpoma 77 99 176 Olachor Community Science College, Okpoma 80 55 135 Venden Secondary School, Okpoma 90 90 180 Central Demonstration College, Okpoma 102 92 194 Total for Boys =936 Total for girls= 658 Total Students impacted =1594
¿De qué manera aprendió más tu equipo sobre las personas afectadas por la injusticia?
They were able to learn more about adolescents and their sexual reproductive health and rights through training, sharing of resources, video viewing and discussions.
¿Qué aprendió tu equipo?
They learn so many new things of which were; They developed their Public Speaking skills, They also were able to learn more about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections. One person told me that she was able to develop her communication skills in the course of participating in the project. They also learn team playing, the ability to work hand in hand with other team members to achieve a common goal.
¿Qué desafíos superó tu equipo?
We had the challenge of Logistics, Yala Local Government Area is a hard to reach area mobilizing ourselves to these schools was a big tussle. Another challenge faced was Getting school administrators approved the campaign in their school. We also had challenge of carrying along the campaign materials and equipment without vehicle
¿Cómo involucraste a otros en el diseño, la realización o la expansión de este proyecto?
In the course of designing, carrying out or expanding the project I was able to Involve others by doing the following; Allowing individual members of the group get to know each other and begin to understand the task they need to undertake. I also involved others by letting them plan exactly what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and who should do what. They agreed on the different elements of the task they also agreed on the best way of achieving these tasks by dividing areas of responsibility amongst the group, making sure that roles and time commitments are as evenly balanced as possible; And we had regular offline and online meetings to discussed the progress of the project.
¿Qué consejo le darías a alguien que inicia un proyecto de paz?
The Person should follow thoroughly the guidance provided by the mentor, the person should also work on his or her story telling ability so that he or she would be able to mobilize others for involvement.
Update on "A well informed adolescent"I'm currently working on the letters to be send to various secondary schools in Yala Local Government Area where the campaign will take place.
I have also ordered for mobile speaker to be used for this events since Yala is a hard to reach area it will take some time before delivery. But I hope to get it delivered before the set time.
Cant wait until October 12th where the first school will be reach, countdown just begun.
Attached are various letters to be submitted to the schools for approval.
Letter of Approval distributed to our first four schools to be reached.I went to Four schools today( 3rd October 2018) to seek approval from the school administrators and its did went well.
The first campaign will be on 12th October 2018 we will be visiting Mary Knoll College and Veththadol International.
18th October will be Eracare School and !9th will be Glado School.
One of the challenge I faced today was the fact that Yala Local Government Area is extremely large and being a hard to reach community the most accessible means of transportation is motorcycle which is called ''Okada" or "Bike'' and for the fact these schools are far apart (they are places I have not reached too before today) the fare was expensive. The road bad nevertheless I'm super excited that the campaign will start fully on 12th October,2018. Cant wait to share pictures with you guys.
P.S kindly find pictures of the evaluation forms to be shared to the adolescents will we be reaching out to during the events, this is one of the way to measure our success. Is there anything you think should be subtracted or added. Also find the schedule activities would you advise any of the activities should be removed and another added?
What do you think?
A well Informed AdolescentAnd yes, it started today @Mary Knoll College Okuku, Yala LGA Cross River Nigeria. With 207 Boys in attendance. The school being a boys alone school we were able to enlightened them about their Sexual Reproductive Health.
In addition to that we also provided answers to all their questions.
At the end of the meeting questionnaire were administered in order to gather information and measure the campaign success.
A well Informed AdolescentWe were at Eracare Secondary School in Okuku Yala LGA Cross River State.
We had 42 Adolescents in attendance. 27Boys and 15Girls
After forum questions and evaluation forms filled by these students revealed level of communication and difficulty in discussing sexual related matters with their parents.
Sanitary towels were shared and the girls were taught importance of menstrual hygiene.
A well Informed AdolescentWe educated Glado Computer Science College in Okuku Yala LGA Cross River State today.
We had total of 74 adolescents in attendance. 30Boys and 34Girls.
The students were happy and made a special plea for us to return to their school another time.
The after forum questions and evaluation forms filled by these young adults revealed communication challenges, barrier to Sexual Reproductive Health and culture of silence they are facing.
Sanitary towels were shared to the girls and menstrual hygiene tips were taught.
Thanks to our awesome and amiable facilitators and volunteers.
A well Informed AdolescentWe were at Yala Government Secondary School today, where we had 42 Boys 52 Girls in attendance smoking total of 94 Students.
I had the privileged of answering their heart probing questions and enlightened them about their Sexual Reproductive Health.
A well Informed AdolescentWe were at Classical Secondary School Yala Local Government Area, Cross River Nigeria. We had in attendance 61 boys and 86 Girls making total of 147 students.
From the campaign we were able to gather data on communication on sexual related issues between parents and youths are difficult.
Various questions relating to sexual reproductive health were asked by the students. They also made special plea that a safe space be provided for them in their community to aid discussion of sexual related matters without prejudice or fear.
A well Informed AdolescentWe were at Yala Commercial Secondary School, Yala. The school have a teeming population of Students and we were able to reach out to them through the efforts of our amiable volunteers and facilitators.
We had 220 boys and 135 girls in attendance making the total of 355 students.
The students asked probing questions about their body and why parents finds it difficult answering their sex related inquiries.
They pleaded we come back again to visit their school.
Update on "A well informed adolescent"On Wednesday 7th November, 2018. A well Informed Adolescent Campaign was staged in Glado Art &Science College Okpoma Yala Cross River State Nigeria.
We had 77 boys and 99 Girls in attendance making total of 176 Students.
We recorded questions ranging on communication over sexual related issues between parents and children, contraceptives usage, Menstrual and menstrual hygiene.
Female students complained bitterly about their inability to purchase sanitary towel due to high price of these products.
Update on "A well informed adolescent"At Olachor Community Science College we spoke with 55 Girls and 80 Boys making total of 135 students.
We enlightened them about their sexual reproductive health and answered all their probing questions.