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ASRHR - Forum for African Women Educationalists

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Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"22 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2019


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INCREASING ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND UTILIZATION OF ADOLESCENT SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES

In May 2019, FAWE Uganda conducted a follow-up visit to document and offer support supervision to the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) Youth Volunteers creating awareness on ASRHR in the 10 partner districts of Eastern Uganda including Kamuli, Buyende, Tororo, Mbale, Butaleja, Pallisa, Jinja, Serere, Kaberemaido and Mayuge.

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Child Mothers in Kamuli district posing for a group photo after the ASRHR awareness raising session at Kamuli Youth Center. A majority committed to abstain to avoid multiple pregnancies and return to school.

The visit focused on assessing the level of project implementation and document change realized by ASRHR Youth Volunteers in their respective districts; what led to it, emerging issues, challenges and how they can be addressed, as well as identify persisting ASRHR issues for policy advocacy and influence at both district and National level . It also aimed at evaluating the level of district support towards delivery of Sexual Reproductive Health services.

To date, the ASRHR Youth Champions have engaged in a number of activities including awareness creation, reporting and tracking of sexual related cases including; child marriage, teenage pregnancy, rape and defilement. Sensitization on prevention of HIV and AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, drug abuse and alcoholism in addition to referring young people to places where they can access services like health centers, and advocacy on provision of youth friendly services. They have utilized creative mechanisms to pass the message including; games and sporting events in schools and communities, music dance and drama performances, community gatherings like funerals, markets, church services and village meetings.

  • The intervention has led to increased knowledge on ASRH among young people and improved utilization of available ASRH services. In Mayuge 20 schools were reached - Magamaga High School, Magamaga Army primary school, Smart Junior School and St. Andrews SS. Over 1020 (420 males and 600 females) were in upper primary targeting primary 5, 6 and 7 and 800 (550 males, 250 females) in secondary; 1360 Serere (827 females and 533 males), 1053 Kamuli (673 females and 380 males), 576 Mbale (206 females and 370 males) and 285 Butaleja (235 females and 50 males).      
  • Increased usage and accessibility of ASRH Services by young people aged 15-24 e.g. contraception, use of condoms by males. The youth volunteer in Mbale distributed over 4,100 condoms to the youth from December 2018-May 2019. The condoms were secured from health centers.
  • 7 child mothers returned to school (Tororo 2, Mayuge 3, Kaberamaido and Buyende 1 each. In Soroti district, a 15 year old pregnant girl in primary seven was allowed to continue with her studies.

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ASRHR Youth Volunteer in Kamuli district creating awareness on ASRHR to the youth at Kamuli Youth Centre

  • Positive behavior change among young people; In Mbale, the team interfaced with one youth who was a drug addict but changed after routine counseling and follow-up by one of the youth volunteers. The youth is currently employed in a restaurant as a waiter than previously when he used to be idle and living on drugs - alcohol, kuber and marijuana. A 19 year female from Kamuli also testified having positively changed her behaviors after being sensitized on ASHR. She previously had sexual intercourse with over 50 men but is currently abstaining as a result of the intervention. In Mayuge district two groups; one for vulunerable males and females (15 years and above) were supported to register and linked to Youth Livelihood Funds where they are engaging in fish farming and fashion designing.
  • Improved decision making among young people as a result of awareness. A 19 year old student from Kaberamaido in S.1 at Kakure Seed Secondary School revealed that, she was advised to get married by her father claiming to be too poor to raise school fees but she refused and had to work to pay her fees “I now have to work in people’s gardens to raise my own fees than get married.”

Recommendations were generated to end sexual abuse among young people including; popularizing the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Act, advocate for allocation of resources to support ASRHR services/activities at district level, dialogue with local, cultural and religious leaders to address negative cultural practices and re-engage the Ministry of Education and Sports to expedite the process of harmonizing differences on sexuality education framework with religious leaders.

Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) Project

A three year project implemented at National level from April, 2017 to December, 2019. The focus of the project is to consolidate efforts, create synergies and partnerships and advocate for the passing of the ASRHR and school re-entry policies in Uganda.

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FAWE Uganda Staff presenting at the Parliamentary Committee instituted by the Speaker of Parliament to investigate issues and cases of Sexual Violence in institutions of learning in Uganda

PACKARD FOUNDATION

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

 

FAWEU Board 2019 - 2021


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Areas of Focus

- Tertiary and Higher Education Scholarships

- Secondary Education Scholarships

- Child Protection

- Science and Innovation

- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

- Combating Gender Based Violence

- Skills Development and Livelihoods

- Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups

- Research and Advocacy

- Service delivery for teenage and child mothers

- Mentorship and Gender Responsive Pedagogy

- Capacity Building for cross section of stakeholders and strengthening Structures

Strategic Objectives

- Improving the level of gender responsiveness in Education Sector policies for girls and women

- Enhancing adoption and integration of positive gender pedagogy practices at school level

- Increasing access, retention and completion rates for girls in school and all levels of education

- Strengthening institutional capacity for efficient and effective service delivery.