Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO) is a new SRHR project being implemented by six consortium members in Ghana SRHR Alliance. These organizations include: Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Savana Signatures, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Curious Minds, NORSAAC, and Presbyterian Health Services-North (PHS-N). Savana Signatures is leveraging the strategies of its three most successful SRHR projects; My World and My Life (MWML), The World Starts With Me (WSWM) and Sexual Health Education (SHE+) Projects in the implementation of GUSO. GUSO is a five-year project and sought to empower and improve about 12,000 young people’s reproductive life. The project has five outcome areas:
1. A strong and functional alliance that promotes young people's SRHR through SRHR programming and policy influencing on SRHR at all levels
2. Empowered young people increasingly voice their rights
3. Increased utilization of comprehensive SRHR information and education by all young people.
4. Increased use of youth friendly SRHR services
5. Improved social-cultural, political and legal environment for gender-sensitive, youth-friendly SRHR
6. A strong and functional alliance that promotes young people's SRHR through SRHR programming and policy influencing on SRHR at all levels
7. Empowered young people increasingly voice their rights
8. Increased utilization of comprehensive SRHR information and education by all young people
9. Increased use of youth friendly SRHR services
10. Improved social-cultural, political and legal environment for gender-sensitive, youth-friendly SRHR.
These outcomes are intended to provide relevant and factual SRHR information to young people to enable them to access SRHR services for a healthy reproductive life. Savana Signatures, through GUSO project continue to carry out SRHR campaigns, education and sensitization in schools and communities.
The campaign sought to create an enabling environment for young people to freely access and discuss SRHR issues affecting them. More sensitization and stakeholders’ meetings on SRHR were held in schools in the East Mamprusi District. Ghana Education Service (GES), and Ghana Health Service are nd some community leaders were sensitized. Classroom SRHR discussion More students were willing to discuss SRHR issues as a result of the sensitization and education according to the project officer, Alhassan Fouzia Tua.
Savana Signatures campaign is yielding positive result as both teachers and students now freely discuss SRHR issues in class. “Young people already are curious about their sexuality and will need comprehensive sexuality education to be able to make informed choices”, the project officer said.
Integrating SRHR in classroom lessons "It is our hope that Ghana Education Service and the schools will adopt and incorporate SRHR lessons into normal classroom activities to empower young people with SRHR knowledge", she said. Young people are curious about their sexuality and are ready to learn new things. However, socio-cultural and religious restrictions deny them access to comprehensive SRHR information and education.