PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
Sexuality education will be done through student-engaging activities like designed card games, videos, debates, quizzes, seminars during time for co-curricular activities as stipulated by school programs. These will be conducted by the team, guest speakers with also assistance from trained school staff members and at times students’ leaders.
Seminars and video screening will be monthly, card games-daily, debates twice a month, annual interschool competitive debates and quizzes-about 6hrs. Apart from interschool activities, between 1-2 hours will be used. All activities will be done at school
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
In the context of my project; many parents are either too occupied or shy to attend to the sexuality needs of their children so they say teachers are paid to teach while teachers say this is part of parenting hence a duty of parents. A renown person once ‘refused teachers to teach matters of the bedroom from schools’. In such a contradictory situation, they are left unattended to. Hospitals have pediatric and adult units to which adolescents donot belong. So even in such settings they have no attendant. With that background am sure the world is ready to embrace guide-peer sexuality education.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
It refers to a context in which children make their social worlds as they actively engage with people, objects and representations. Integrating playful elements in teaching children like using building blocks to count numbers.
Research proved play vital in shaping the brain’s structural design, building and strengthening of brain pathways. This creates a brain that has improved potential for learning later in life.
Play promotes creativity, self-esteem, concentration, and mental health development the key elements to learning. You want a brilliant child then play-based learning is the wayto go
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
SPeSE is still an idea, we intend to seek funding from various sources as indicated below:
Government through the Ministry Of Health – 15%
Non-Government Organizations (partnering and none) – 35%
Partnership schools – 10%
Regional governments – 13%
Individuals and foundations – 12%
Grants – 15%
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
The program is non-profit. The beneficiaries will not be charged for the services offered though the involved schools will be required to pay a small annual commitment fee. In relation to the project’s mission “increasing access to affordable and reliable sexual reproductive health services to all adolescents as well as encouraging its utilization”, the fee is just to ensure the schools’ full participation in the activities.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
Sexuality education literature (books, card games, topic-related videos etc.) is key to the program’s success, we would procure them. Education is also a key activity and as such we would spare finances for school outreaches, seminars, workshops. For teachers and parents inclusive for sustainability
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
We intend to partner with Reproductive Health Uganda- RHU, United Nations Populations Fund- UNFPA, UNICEF and the Ministry Of Health- MOH.
1)RHU- has expertise and trainers in this field and working with them could even save funds.
2)UNFPA, UNICEF- advocate for uptake and utilization of reproductive health services so they will support the program in all possible ways.
3)MOH- being a government entity, it will assist in the program’s advocacy.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
YES. These projects are close SPeSE. I picked interest in them. I requested the pacesetters to work with me and to review my project. Unfortunately none of them replied me.
• Women Win by Nicole
• The society for Door Step Schools-DSS by Rajani
• Foundation to Educate Girls Globally-EG by safeena
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
• Involved schools in at least 10 districts in the country
• Spread to also involve adolescents out of schools
• Set up youth-friendly service centers across the country
• Having over500 volunteers and taking in interns
• Partnered with other organizations in and out of Africa to reach out to adolescents elsewhere
• Organized international youth reproductive health events
• Incorporated sexuality education in the curriculum right from elementary
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
• Reduction in number of pregnancy-related school drop outs. These statistics will be collected annually from partnering schools. This will give us a much clearer estimate of the impact. Hope this will give better outcomes.
• Decreased incidence of teenage pregnancies. This will be assessed from health facilities in the district and schools annually.
• Improvement in performance and increase in number of students completing high school annually.
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.