Early pregnancies and school dropouts amongst child girls are one of the biggest problems in Kenya.
These are mainly caused by the lack of Sexual and Reproductive education in schools and in the family, cultural traditions, and lack of resources.
Sexual abuse is a national challenge as well. It is estimated that three out of every ten females aged 18 to 24 reported at least one experience of sexual violence prior to age 18, and 7% of females of the same age reported experiencing physically forced sexual intercourse prior to age 18.
Mundo Posible addresses these issues focusing its intervention on education in schools and rural communities.
In schools, adolescent girls and boys are trained in Sexual and reproductive health education and Menstrual Hygiene management. Training is given to adolescent girls and boys, but also to primary school children, to offer them education in sexual and reproductive health. Most of the boys and girls do not have any type of information about topics related to sexuality, the reproductive system, menstruation, or contraceptive means, since they are taboo subjects that are not discussed in the family or at school.
In the communities, trainings are carried out through women’s groups in rural areas, to offer them training in hygienic management of menstruation, sexual education and reproductive health and to empower them to start breaking the silent taboos on menstruation, reproduction and female genital mutilation.
In the training sessions, both in schools and in the communities, a participatory methodology is used to facilitate the appropriation of knowledge, with dynamics, activities with practical examples. This is mixed with sessions of social theatre, to discuss and give strategies of how to overcome the challenges faced.
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