Religious Clerics, Teachers and Parents Schooled on SRHR

Section of the participants during the sensitization

About 50 religious clerics, scholars, community leaders, parents and teachers and school administrators have been sensitized on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

This forms part of efforts to make SRHR information and services accessible to young people both at home and in school.

It was also aimed to open up SRHR discussion among these participants to break the silence over SRHR education and discussion at homes and in schools.

The sensitization was to equip them with SRHR knowledge and information for the purposes of sharing with their children for informed choices about their sexuality as they grow.

The sensitization workshop was organized through the World Starts With Me (WSWM) project.

The WSWM is a computer-based comprehensive sexuality education designed for in-and out-of-school children between the ages of 12 and 19.

It is being implemented in about 20 schools in the Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana aimed to provide comprehensive sexual education to young people for a healthy living.

Some participants contributing to discussions indicated that children become sexually active at a young age hence the need to sensitize them about their sexuality and sexual lives. They bemoaned the high rate of teenage pregnancies among candidates of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

A health worker demonstrates the use of condom

Abdul-Rashid Imoro, Manager of SRHR programme of Savana Signature said, the sensitization for parents, clerics, teachers and school administrators was to trigger SRHR discussions at homes, schools, and religious gathering.

He said the discussions during the sensitization was healthy and that perceptions held by some participants about SRHR education were corrected.

The WSWM was developed in 2003 by Rutgers WPF in collaboration with Butterfly Works and is now being used by numerous schools and youth clubs in over 10 countries in Africa and Asia.

The WSWM curriculum combines SRHR education with building IT skills and creative expression.