The World Starts With Me (WSWM) is a computer-based, rights-based, Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme for in- and out-of-school youth in the age bracket of 12-19 years. 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.
The WSWM aims to contribute not only to the improvement of the sexual and reproductive health of young people, but also to their social and economic development. In the WSWM programme, virtual peer educators guide young people through a learning process, thus relieving teachers and other educators of the task to initiate sensitive discussions. The WSWM has 14 lessons.
The 14 lessons start with building self-esteem, exploring personal values and norms and gaining insight in one’s emotional and sexual development in order to make well-informed decisions. The next sections address the social environment: relationships with parents, friends and peers; gender equity; and sexual and reproductive rights.
Then last part focus on sexual health issues such as unintended pregnancy, STIs/HIV, AIDS stigma, sexual harassment and abuse, while keeping a positive view on sexuality.
Savana Signatures collaborated with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) to adapt the first version of WSWM Ghana with funding support from Educaids and Edukans and with Technical support from Rutgers WPF especially Jo Reinders and Yuri Ohrichs.
Savana Signatures has successfully adapted the Ghana version of the WSWM which is currently being implemented in 14 Junior High Schools and in seven (7) districts in the Northern Region of Ghana and Four Vocational Technical Institutes in three (3) districts in the Upper West Regions of Ghana.
Edukans supported the pilot of the WSWM project in 8 schools and the adaptation of the Ugandan version of the WSWM into a Ghanaian version.
Savana Signatures scaled up the project to 10 additional Junior High Schools and in 7 districts in the Northern Region of Ghana. The organization has also scaled up the project to the Volta Region of Ghana to implement the paper version of the WSWM for schools without electricity bringing the total number of schools currently implementing the WSWM program in Ghana to twenty – two (22).
Savana Signatures reserve the right to the use of the WSWM Ghana version but willing to coorperate and provide training for any individuals, organizations and institutions interested in using the program.
In this regard, Savana Signatures has provided capacity development to thirty participants including teachers, peer educators and health professionals on facilitation skills to organize weekly lessons in the WSWM for in school and out of School youth in the ACDEP project communities in East Mamprusi, Salaga and the Upper East Region of Ghana.
The following schools participated in the adaptation process of the WSWM in Ghana;
- Darul Hardis Islamic JHS
- Nyohani Presby JHS
- Sakasak JHS Block ‘C
- Zogbeli JHS Block ‘A’
- Yilonaayili JHS
- Moglaa JHS
- Savelugu Experimental JHS
- Yoo R/C Junior High
- Pong Tamale M/A JHS
- Tolon Model JHS/Tolon M/A JHS
- Yapei Presby JHS
- Sambu Islamic JHS
- Ann’s Vocational School (Nandom)
- John’s Vocational School (Nandom)
- Basilde’s Vocational School (Kaleo)
- Claire’s Vocational School (Tumu)
- Gambaga Junior High School (Gambaga)
- Sawla Girls Model School (Sawla)