Savana Signatures (Savsign) has launched yet innovative project called the World Starts with Me (WSWM). The WSWM is a computer-based comprehensive sexuality education designed for in-and out-of-school children between the ages of 12 and 19.
The project combines IT skills with creative expression packaged to attract young children to learn and know more about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The WSWM project which was piloted in over 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 (BECE) 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 the 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 Edukans with technical support from Rutgers WFP, the WSWM delivers Comprehensive sexuality education to children to enable them to make their own informed choices for a healthy sexual and reproductive life. The project already been implemented in some countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.
Under this project Savsign is working closely with the 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 St 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 Edukans and Rutgers 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 launched the project said the WSWM could help fight school based gender violence.
The Director bemoaned how some unscrupulous teachers were abusing female pupils in school and that it is as a result of lack of information about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
He said the WSWM is a laudable project that could help eliminate such practices in schools.
He commended Savana Signatures for the role the organization was playing to help the youth to use ICT tools to improve 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 reduce school drop outs, and improve academic performances of students”, 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 and STIs. He recommended that the WSWM be extended to cover many schools to help change pupils lifestyle.