Savana Signatures Launches the World Starts With Me Project

DSCF1065Savana Signatures has launched yet another innovative project called the World Starts with Me (WSWM). The WSWM is a computer-based comprehensive sexuality education design for in-and out-of-school children between the ages of 12 and 19.

The project combines IT skills with creative expression to attract young children to learn and know more about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The WSWM project which was piloted in about 17 schools in the Northern, Upper West and Volta regions of Ghana have contributed to the decline of teenage pregnancies among Basic Education Certificate Examination candidates, created awareness on the effects of indulging in early sex, among other things in the project schools, according to the Senior project officer of Savana Signatures, Mr Abdul-Rashid Imoro.

He said, based on this remarkable result, Savsign have decided to adopt WSWM hence, the launch of Ghana version of WSWM. “We are hoping to cover almost all the schools in the regions we are working in to help prevent teenage pregnancies, sexual transmitted infections among boys and girls in school that often result in school drop-out”, he said.

Funded by by Edu-Aids with technical support from Rudgers WFP, WSWM delivers Comprehensive sexuality education to children to enable them to make their own informed choices for a healthy sexual and reproductive life.

Under this project Savsign is working closely with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG, Ghana Education Service (GES) and school based clubs to provide quality sexual and reproductive health education and services to the children.

The beneficiary schools include Darul Hardis Islamic JHS, Nyohani Presby JHS, Sakasak JHS Block ‘C’,

Zogbeli JHS Block ‘A’, and Yilonaayili JHS. Others are Moglaa JHS, Savelugu Experimental JHS, Yoo R/C Junior High, Pong Tamale M/A JHS, Yapei Presby JHS, Gambaga JHS, Sawla Girls Model School, and Sambu Islamic JHS in the Northern Region. The rest are Ann’s Vocational School (Nandom) St. John’s Vocational School (Nandom), St. Basilde’s Vocational School (Kaleo), St. Claire’s Vocational School (Tumu) in the Upper West Region and Kpetoe EP JHS Akoefe Tokor M/A JHS, Ho Dome R/C JHS, and Kpodeta Ashanti JHS in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Mr. Rashid thanked Edu-AID and Rudgers WPF for their support to the organization and urged stakeholders support the implementation of WSWM to reduce teenage pregnancies, STIs among school boys and girls in Ghana.

The Northern Regional Director of Education (GES) Alhaji Mohammed Haroun Cambodia who launch the project said WSWM could help fight school based gender violence.

The Director bemoaned how some unscrupulous teachers were abusing female pupils in school because of their ignorance and that WSWM is a laudable project that could help eliminate such practices in schools.

He commended Savana Sigantures for the role the organization was playing to help the youth to use ICT tools to build their academic, social, professional and sexual lives. He urged schools to embrace the WSWM project to help educate female pupils about their sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. He pledged his office commitment to the implementation of the project saying “This will help GES to get good results from pupils”, he said.

He said his office would continue to work with Savsign to ensure that the WSWM project achieve desire result by reducing school drop-out rates caused mainly by teenage pregnancies, STIs among other thing. He recommended that the WSWM be extended to cover many schools to help change pupils lifestyle.