BONO EAST REGION
PAYDP’s Programs Yield Positive Results as Several Adolescent School Dropouts Return to Classrooms
Madam Millicent Ocloo, Bono East Regional Programs Officer for Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP) a non-Governmental organization helping teenage mothers and head porters (Kayaye) has revealed that; “their operations in the past three (3) years is gradually yielding positive results as several girls have returned to school”.
Madam Millicent Ocloo made this disclosure in an interview with Asta Fm’s Nana Kwadwo Adu during a two (2)-day seperate Reproductive Health Education and Services for Youth (RHESY) Facilitators’ Refresher Training for Term Mothers/Kayaye in Techiman Municipality and Kintampo South District both in the Bono East Region.
A UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme scheduled for 2018-2022 with funding support from Global Affairs Canada has been designed to support government implement its adolescent girls vision and scale up the existing strategies and interventions to further an integrated policy response, which holistically serves the needs of adolescent girls, aged 10-19 years in Ghana.
UNFPA is providing support to model, roll-out and learn from interventions facilitating adolescent girl’s access to gender-responsive comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning and contraception across 36 selected districts in 8 regions.
Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP), an implementing partner of UNFPA would implement in 6 Districts (Assin South, Ningo Prampram, Kintampo South, Accra and Kumasi Metros) in 4 regions (Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono East and Central regions) of the country.
Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP) is organizing Reproductive Health Education and Services for Youth (RHESY) training for 78 club leaders.
RHESY Facilitators would be retrained on topics such as teenage pregnancy, communication skills, assertiveness, gender equality, gender stereotype, contraception, youth as agents of change, negotiations among others.
The girls would also be taken through topics with relation to Sexual and Gender Based Violence. These trainings would last for 2 days. These trainings would build their capacity and help them in future.
The content of the training will also equip other club members as they facilitate sessions in their clubs.
To train leaders of the clubs on Reproductive Health Education and Services for Youth (RHESY) to facilitate club meetings in the quest to build their capacity.
To refresh the knowledge of facilitators.
RHESY Facilitators would be well informed and can pass on the knowledge acquired to their club members and the community.
Participants would be leaders of all 18 clubs. 78 girls, 13 from each of the 6 districts of implementation.
APPRECIATION & CONCLUSION
Some of the Girls ((RHESY Facilitators who received the training in Techiman and Kintampo expressed gratitude to PAYDP and UNFPA for changing their lives with a pledge to share the knowledge acquired with their peers.
Source; Nana Kwadwo Adu (Asta Fm / Winners Fm) Techiman – Bono East Region