ISEPP

The Innovative Sexuality Education Program II (ISEPII) is dedicated to ensuring young people (aged 12 to 25) obtain adequate sexual reproductive health knowledge and exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights in Northern Ghana.

 

The project is now in its third phase and draws experience from information gathered throughout phase 1, the Community Based Sexual Evaluation Project (CBSEP), and phase 2, the Innovative Sexuality Education Project I (ISEP I).  These projects increased youth, parent, and government agency awareness on the importance of sexuality education within schools and communities to reduce teenage and unwanted pregnancies and, therefore, enhanced retention of young girls in school.

 

Throughout these first two phases of the project, a manual for facilitating sexuality education in schools was developed and research was carried out regarding young adults’ sexual behaviour. The project enlists mothers and youth peer educators to provide sexuality education throughout communities so that all peers can make informed decisions about their sexual health.  Teachers have also been trained on how to incorporate sexuality education in the classroom.

 

Project Objectives 

  • A new model for sexuality education in junior and senior secondary schools developed and is actively supported by District and Regional authorities. 
  • A a new manual on the use of young people and mothers as peer educators in SRHR is used by GHS and the two largest SRHR CSOs in Northern Region. 
  • A  working group within NNED (Northern Network for Education and Development) of organisations working on sexuality education has influenced Regional GES, GHS and the DA’s in Northern Region.

 

To date, the ISEP II projects has made two major attributions to the development objective:  

A Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Peer Education Manual has been developed targeting knowledge building among the non-literal in communities throughout Ghana’s Northern Region. This manual, made in partnership with Ghana Health Services (GHS), was launched at the end of 2015 and is currently being used in highly illiterate communities throughout the region.

A working group within the Northern Network for Education and Development (NNED) has been developed. It is comprised of organisations working in the area of sexuality education and is working towards influencing the regional Ghana Education System (GES) and Ghana Health Services (GHS) to  implement comprehensive Sexuality Education in school curriculums.

 

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