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FAWEU received in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation implemented a three year Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Project under the theme “Fulfilling African Girls’ Rights to delay sexual debut, early marriage and early child bearing”.  This project was a replication of the phase 1 lessons and good practices that were registered in 5 secondary schools in Central and Western Uganda. The project goal was to use education and advocacy to implement a package of interventions that protect the sexual and reproductive health of young people particularly girls by enabling them to access age-appropriate information and services that meet their needs in order to fulfill their right to healthy sexuality as well as reproduction. The Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) project was implemented in 35 schools (25 secondary, 10 primary schools) and one university (Busitema University, Namasagali Campus) and the five secondary schools under phase one in Central and Western Uganda.

FAWEU jointly with the school administration and the community identified needy but bright girls especially those that had dropped out due to ASRH related reasons and provided them with financial support to enable them access education. 40 girls were supported for 3 years beginning from their 2nd year of secondary education.  

Some of the girls as they received their scholastic and basic needs

The schools were supported to develop work plans and budgets for the funds that were disbursed to the schools for the ASRH project with activities that were addressing ASRH issues. Following discussion and approval of the plans of action, the project schools were provided with grants to implement activities that promote ASRH knowledge and skills among the young people in the schools and communities. Information dissemination was done mainly through messages in school compounds (the talking compound), MDD and talk shows through school assemblies and community outreach activities. Kamuli Girls College, St. Paul S.S Mbulamuti and Balawoli S.S initiated and participated in radio talk shows to advocate for the communities to support girls stay in school until they complete their studies. All the schools formed ASRH clubs and the clubs had elected leaders who spearheaded the implementation of the club activities. The club leadership comprised of chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasure, publicity, committee members among others. Through the ASRH clubs, the relation between teachers and students was reported to have increased in the schools.

FAWEU also empowered through training 101 community members (55 male and 56 female). These trained community members also reached out through sensitization to a total of 1508 community members to support girls’ education. 

 

The different workshop meetings provided an opportunity for sharing of experiences from the various communities on how they are supporting the project intervention to ensure that adolescent girls and boys’ rights are fulfilled. At the end of the meeting, each school community developed action plans on what they must do in support of the intervention and in ensuring that the gains made are maintained. In the last community meeting held in June 2016, community members were urged to continue supporting he a conducive school community relationship and learning environment. The schools were urged to continue incorporating the project activities in the school work plans for continuity.

Health workers were equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them support the young people to seek health services without hesitation or fear. This training was followed by refresher training in 2016 conducted to deepen their understanding of issues pertaining to Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health in Uganda. Thereafter, FAWEU identified another 8 health workers in 2016 in addition to the 15 identified in 2015 to support in carrying out school visits to meet with the students/pupils and engage them in health education including responding to issues that young people were seeking clarification on.

Some of the health workers in group work during the training

PACKARD FOUNDATION PROJECT

Funded by Packard Foundation through FAWE Regional Office, the programme supports 54 girls who were facing reproductive health related challenges. The program is implemented in 5 schools in the districts of Kibale Kyenjojo and Kiboga. The project goal is to use education and advocacy to implement a package of interventions that protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls by keeping them in school and enabling them to access age-appropriate information and services that meet their needs and fulfill their right to healthy sexuality and reproduction.

Key activities; 

  • Baseline survey done at the beginning in 2011.
  • Trained teachers and community facilitators
  • Trained peer educators
  • Provide scholarships and provide basic scholastic and sanitary materials to the beneficiaries
  • Mentoring
  • Provide grants to schools for SRH interventions.
  • Monitoring and evaluation

 

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