We hope you are enjoying reading interesting highlights from different countries and waiting for another portion of 10 DoA activities. Curious? Let us share some country highlights from Day 4 of the campaign.
Did you know that HIV prevention could be done through art? We say “yes” and we are serious. Y-PEER Algeria presented an amazing painting made by Elissa, peer educators from NGO AIDS Algeria. The main idea of this artistic creation was to illustrate HIV transmission ways (sexual and from mother to child); to show how simple can the transmission be eradicated. The art is one of the edutainment approaches that Y-PEERs around the world use in their activities.
This day went with important planning meeting with UNFPA country office representatives. Y-PEER representatives could discuss upcoming activities for peer educators, importance of strengthening partnership and empowering youth as well as trainings, outreach activities and leadership programs for youth.
Another very important activity was organized with Cultural Radio of Algiers. Young activists could tell more about 10 DoA activities and give information about campaign results.
On the 4th Day of 10 DoA Albanian Center for Population and Development organized an awareness campaign among Roma community in Tirana. During the activity leaflets, “adolescent” newspapers, condoms and other handouts were distributed to Roma young representatives. The organizers provided 20 participants with specific information on easy and clear language. They could record interviews with 4 volunteers on “Comprehensive sexuality education” addressing to decision makers. Participants empathized the importance of activity and share with their positive feelings in being part of 10 DoA campaign and contributing to advocacy initiative.
Another awareness raising activity took place in the center of Vlora city at the Riviera Trade Center which is very much frequented by youth. The main beneficiaries of this event were young people age 15-24 of Vlora city. This event was organized by 6 volunteers of Aulona Center. As a result:
- 576 condoms are distributed to around 340 young people.
- about 680 informational materials distributed (The Adolescent newsletter, the leaflets about different contraceptive methods, about Pap smear test, HIV/AIDS prevention, important QA for boys etc.)
- young people reached are informed about the youth friendly services and products offered by Aulona Center
Informal discussions are held with groups of young people about the importance of a comprehensive Sexual Education and breaking of taboos about sexuality.
The members of Y-PEER Bulgaria decided to do something traditional e.g. a summer field work at a city based near the sea side. Their campaign aimed to prevent and inform their main target group, people aged between 16-40 years old, on different topics: HIV/AIDS, STIs, how to protect yourself and your partner as well and as a overall result to increase the health culture.
They were very well accepted by the people. What is more some of them were so impressed by the volunteers that they wanted to find out how they can join Y-PEER Bulgaria.
As a following of radio program aired on Aug 28 where Y-PEER Jordan shared information on Y-PEER activities, coming 10 DoA global initiative, partnership and support from UNFPA. Moreover what are the needs of Jordanian young people and why Y-PEER activities are important for them. It raised a lot demand among radio listeners and as a result 3 Y-PEERians had another radio interview via phone call. It would be aired soon!
A peer training on SRHR issues is one of the main activities of 10 DoA as young people gain knowledge and skills and after share information with their peers. Such training was organized by China Youth Network in Chongqing City of China, 1000 km far away from Beijing. The trainers were young peer educators who already received trainings and become experienced. 50 young people increased their capacity and become familiar with SRHR issues. As a result of the training, young people had meetings with decision makers, government officials and could discuss youth participation issues and meaningful support from their sides.
On the 4th day of the campaign “life skills” activities among students of the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose College in Sambalpur were organized by Patang. This interesting activity could gather 80 students of the college. Young people actively participated in the sessions where they also had a chance to discuss issues related to decision making, perception and learning process.
SRHR issues through art – this activity was started today in the center of “Shajar w Bashar” association in Saida, south Lebanon. The organization “Think positive” till Sep 9th will involve more young people to create various art drawings on SRHR. 10 young people were invited today. It is expected that these drawings will reach not only Lebanon audience but also international audience.
Do you know how to develop a good action plan with concrete indicators? In order to meaningfully participate in decision making process, planning, implementation and evaluation, young people need to know how to do it. That was the main aim of young people in Morocco in the 4th day of the campaign. 25 young people from Elkbab increased their knowledge and skills in development of action plan. Despite the difficultness of the topic, trainers could give it simple and understandable way using presentations, team works and other interactive approaches. Interesting, what are the next topics of the training?
Y-PEER Mongolia started the first four-day training on “Theatre - based peer education techniques’ with participation of 16 young people from Y-PEER committee group and member organizations in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. The manual on TBPE was translated into Mongolian and was used as a main toolkit in the training. The training was organized in conference hall of Red Cross Mongolia. Training was facilitated by Ms. Zolzaya, the coordinator of ‘Young women for change’ and Mr. Tuvshinbayar, the executive director of Royal HD television and the professor of university of art and movie. Their sessions were on human right, sex and gender, sexual orientation, artistry, character creation and stagecraft. Y-PEER peer educators (Odontuya and Uyanga) facilitated sessions related to SRHR and HIV/AIDS. The participants felt self-confidence and emotionally matured as this kind of activity had never conducted in Mongolia, so every part of workshop was very new to them. Media also was interested in the activity and information on the training was disseminated via TV channels like HD TV, Olloo TV, PPTV, Sansar Hd TV.
Another SRHR session was conducted on September 4th by Blaze Youth Development Organization in Burewala, Punjab with participation of 53 young people. Ms. Ayesha Bibi has started the session with introduction and share the main message and goal of the 10 Days of activism campaign with all participants.. Then Mr. Umer Draz Khan conducted the session on SRHR and aware to the participants about the impertinence SRHR. In the end Ms. Fozia Nawaz conducted the Question Answer session among the youngsters about their sexual education and health. The session was much informative and young participant show their interest about it. The feedback of all the participants was in the favor of sexual and reproductive health education.
The first day of the Community health team training went very intensively. The training was one of the strategies to strengthen the capacity of 25 health providers in the community and answer the demand for services where they will be able to provide health care services and awareness among women, men and youth. This event is being held in N Hotel Kauswagan Cagayan De Oro. Midwifes, barangay health workers, traditional birth attendant and youth leaders in barangay of CDO were invited for the training.
On 4th Day of the campaign Y-PEER in Sudan invited 55 young people to hear about 7 inspirational stories of young people in the event called “30 under 30”. This activity was organized in Khartoum Sudan jointly with Sudanese Association for Youth Development. The stories were on:
- Studies and research
- HIV/AIDS and stigma
- Charity initiative
- Young writers initiative
- Film making
- TEDx Sudan
At the end of the meeting Sudan Film Factory has committeed to train 10 young people from different youth organizations on film making in order to improve the documentation process of their programs.
In Turkey Y-PEER could reach 1580 young people via Booth placed in one of the most crowded parks in Ankara, Kuğulu Park. The Booth aimed at giving information to young people about SRH, youth-friendly health services and SRH education in schools. This Booth will be opened for two more days and hopefully more young people will be involved and increase their knowledge on SRHR issues.
An organization “Mehrjon” organized an info session “Healthy youth” among 50 school students of 8 and 9 grades of schools #17 in Kuvasay city. During the session students get information about 10 DoA Campaign, Y-PEER Network and basic information about HIV/AIDS. At the end of activity volunteers have distributed leaflets about STI and HIV/AIDS.
Another performance activity was conducted special school #33 in Tashkent city. Morning performance included entertainment program for children in the form of various games, and also disclosure of creative abilities of children by means of drawing on asphalt on the subject - «my school». This creative activity involved 56 young people.
We wish to keep this spirit of activeness and let the voice of young people be heard around the world: Nothing for us without us!