The Department of Social Development (DSD) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) provided funding for PSH to host an Intergenerational Communication on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights training workshop in Pretoria from 15-17 November 2014.
The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacity of 94 Youth from 5 provinces (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and North West Provinces) on Intergenerational Communication on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), and Adolescent SRHR in particular.
To develop a capacity building initiative addressing Intergenerational Communication on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRH&R) amongst Community and Civil Society.
Including prevention of new HIV Infections.
Prevention of Teenage Pregnancies.
To assists with provision of information in a structured format to build participants/facilitators’ knowledge and understanding of SRHR.
To successfully present the sessions in a manner that is clear and concise.
Outline guidelines and objectives for participants/facilitators.
To facilitate individual and group work.
To supply references and support materials for participants’ constant development.
The overall training was to build a common base of knowledge amongst participants on SRHR. The specific outcomes were to:
Establish a platform for engagement on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and issues.
Identify the socio-cultural factors on SRHR.
Identify gender role expectations and understand the different values associated with Gender roles.
To demonstrate positive and negative listening, explore communication and principles for working with youth.
Provide tangible clarity on sexuality and understand how sexuality is mediated.
Build awareness on HIV prevention through information on STIs, HIV and Medical Male Circumcision.
Deepen an understanding of teenage pregnancy through an analysis tool - The Problem Tree.
Define violence, identify risks for adolescents and youth and explore accountability.
Introduce a framework for advocacy.
Introduce elements of the Integrated Development Plan.
Develop plans and strategies for stakeholder engagement.
At the end of the training the post-course evaluation forms reflected that participants felt that they had a better understanding of integration and how it links to issues of culture and the different policies that are relevant. Most of them also felt that the course was useful and enlightening; it helped them realise that they have to integrate more on ASRH & Youth services in their District Hospitals and Clinics.
PSH wish to sincerely thank the DSD and UNFPA for the funding towards the hosting of the workshop. Appreciation is also extended to all those who participated in the training especially the participants and the support from DSD staff members, the hotel staff and facility staff members. Special word of thanks and appreciation is extended to the Director from DSD who made it possible and also for the opening remarks on the first day of the training workshop.
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