Sexual Reproductive Health

SEED Samburu introduced ‘The World Starts with Me’ at primary and secondary schools and at a Teacher College in Samburu County. Teachers were trained and in cooperation with these teacher SEED Samburu delivered a contribution how to integrate ‘The World Starts with Me’ in the curriculum. Integration Report SEED Samburu 2015 SEED Samburu organized an exhibition for the participating schools to present and exchange their experiences. Students who completed the course ‘The World Starts with Me’ were rewarded with a certificate.

‘The World Starts with Me’ (WSWM) is a computer-based comprehensive sexuality education programme targeting children and youth. It consists of a students’ part and a teachers’ part and provides for each of the 14 lessons learning targets, assignments, warming ups, presentations, games, tools, guidelines and stories. Participants are guided and assisted by virtual peer educators, who give detailed information on the different issues addressed, such as: building self esteem, relationships, sexuality, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. While the virtual peer educators are the main source of knowledge in this curriculum, the assignments and games serve students to apply and internalise this information, explore opinions and exercise skills such as creating a storyboard, art work or role play using digital means. The use of IT in the curriculum provides innovative methods for gaining knowledge, developing appropriate attitudes and learning skills. Computer-based curricula are powerful didactic tools by combining text, images and sound, and the visuals will easily bring real life situations into the classroom. Students can follow an own, self-guided, interactive learning process, which allows them to raise their own voice and gives them ownership. The teacher plays a role as a facilitator, guiding the young people through the programme and helping with burning questions where possible. The role of the teacher is also to refer a young person in case of need for counselling or health services. Teachers are trained and supervised by Master Trainers to acquire the specific knowledge and facilitating skills.

The curriculum ends with mobilisation of young people as social actors in their own right: educating peers with what they have learned in WSWM and involving the community during an exhibition on the classical research of working with WSWM.

The World Starts With Me – Content and structure of the curriculum

The 14 WSWM lessons are set up in an evidence-based, logic sequence of themes to guarantee the efficiency of the curriculum:

  • Lesson 1 – 3 lay the foundation for decision-making by building self-esteem, getting insight in own sexual development (puberty and adolescence) and exploring the processes of developing autonomy and own values and norms.
  • Lesson 4 – 6 focus on the social environment. The relationship with parents is addressed. Mapping of social relationships, the development of own value systems, and role modelling of life skills, and the need to plan for the future are issues that are addressed. Cultural and political influences in the environment are explored and students learn to take position by reorienting on gender roles and getting empowered by sexual and reproductive rights.
  • Lesson 7 – 11 are focused on self-knowledge, social influences, rights and the potentials of sexuality. With the positive perspective of sexuality as a vital source for life sexual health problems are addressed. Learning to communicate openly and discuss sexual health risks related to pregnancy, STI’s and HIV/AIDS are supported by strengthening personal decision-making on own sexual behaviour and learning to respect decisions of a partner. Respecting the rights to self-determination, to physical and mental integrity and to protection and health care is the core value in addressing stigma, sexual harassment and abuse. This sexual health part integrates how and where to look for support in case of sexual health problems.
  • In lesson 12 – 14 lessons learned are used for goal setting and planning the future and learning to share them with peers and community. The curriculum is completed by developing peer books and inviting parents and community to the exhibition which shows the results of the class: slogans, posters, action plans and so on.

More information: www.theworldstarts.org

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