These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.
By: Humphrey Nabimanya, Reach a Hand Uganda
According to statistics from the Uganda Demographic and health survey, the teenage pregnancy rate stands at 24%. This means one in four teenage girls is pregnant or has had a child. Due the negative attitudes towards sexuality education in schools from School Management and Governance Boards, young people have limited access to accurate information and youth-friendly services while in school.
To change this, RAHU is distributing dustbins in schools under our Peer Education Academy ‘Sexuality campaign under 18, through talking environment’ project. These dustbins are specially designed with stickers bearing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) messages. The messages were developed by young people. We held focus group discussions with a group of students to discuss the different messages and make sure the messages were appropriate and accessible for young people. The goal is to create an enabling environment where the youth are empowered to discuss SRHR issues. The dustbins are placed in strategic areas where rubbish is disposed of, thus becoming a good avenue for young people to access the messages freely. So far, we have reached 15 schools in and around Kampala, and hope to reach a total of 30. Read more...