School based Peer Sex Education - SPeSE.

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School based Peer Sex Education - SPeSE.: Peer sex education through card games in high schools in Mityana district Uganda

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$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Uganda's conservative culture limits adolescents access to reproductive health information; as a result they rely on misguiding information from their peers and end up falling victims of circumstances. This raises need for a peer oriented education program to equip them with reliable information.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if providing reliable reproductive health information reduced the numbers of adolescents who are sexually victmised due to misguidance, ign
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Uganda maternal mortality stands at 500 per 100,000 live births and its attributed to complications due to early pregnancy like abortion, fistulas, STIs. And 1.2 million pregnancies are recorded annually but 25% of these are teenage pregnancies. This is attributed to the conservative culture; for which sex related topics can hardly be discussed in society especially across age groups therefore youths lack the elders guidance and fall victims.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

This project will health educate students through card games.The sets of card games are designed with questions and answers to cover specific reproductive health topics especially early pregnancy and related complications, contraceptive methods, and sex and dating in school. Each topic/card set has 56 cards numbered 1, 2, and A-Z. Each letter has a red and green card with red for a question and green for its answer. Cards 1 and 2 have no questions so if their red card is picked the player is asked any question concerning the topic while their green card is a truth or dare; the player is asked of a truth or dared about a life experience still in line with the topic. They can be played in any way depending on the rules set by the players.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Elders shy away when it comes to sex related topics yet youths need their guidance, hence hardly can adolescents consult with them. This leaves them with only their peers to talk to or even inquire in regards to sexuality issues. So students need to learn about their sexuality but in a way that does not violate culture.It will begin with schools in villages and then to urban ones. With this project students will be equipped with reliable information about the various reproductive health topics which they can use to guide each other during their peer to peer discussions and consultations. This will reduce the number of times they fall victims of circumstances as a result of misleading information from their peers or due to their curiosity.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

SPeSE is still an idea without impacts yet but with presumed impacts both short and long term. .It will equip students with knowledge about early pregnancy and the related complications, contraceptive methods, and sex and dating in school. .The schools libraries will be equipped with more literature. .There will be an improvement in students’ performance. .The curiosity for sex among students will be reduced as the games will make it more familiar. .It will also reduce cases of sexually transmitted diseases among students in the participating schools. .Preservation of culture. .Sex education will be included in the curriculum and among the co-curricular activities. .Pregnancy related dropouts will be reduced in schools. .Also pregnancy cases in schools will be reduced and hence the related complications. .As a result the maternal mortality rate will be reduced.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

SPeSE project will begin in village schools in Mityana district with the help of local authorities and then urban. We plan to partner with NGOs which will aid the projects' spread to involve more schools in and out of Mityana district. We as well intend to involve the government through responsible bodies since the project is planned to also include government sponsored schools. This may also have sex education incorporated in the curriculum and extra curricular activities. As a result knowledge about reproductive health will be increased and hence reduction in related maternal mortality rate.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We will talk to supportive individuals and local governments first in Mityana about the project and then those in other district as the project grows. In executing its role, SPeSE project also plans to partner with child rights, reproductive health NGOs and other bodies with the same noble goal of curbing adolescent pregnancy. But most of all, involvement with school administrations that find the project worthy spreading will be more supportive.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Organizations in Uganda have attempted to relieve this knowledge gap that misguides youths but few have addressed it from grassroots- schools. From change makers there’s breaking the culture of silence on sex education in Ghana through football, sexual health education in Rwanda which is mainly based in communities. But the uniqueness is that unlike other projects, SPeSE does not just increase awareness but as well fosters knowledge. In addition it is basically a peer driven project; this will relieve the child to adult tension that develops across age groups which thus encourages openness.

Founding Story

Providing reproductive health information to adolescents is a passion I acquired early in my high school after the story of the girl who died a year earlier before I joined the school. She was impregnated by a staff member who thereafter renounced her. With the advice of her friends, she decided to abort using detergent and she lost her life in the process. But it was a news story earlier last year of a business woman who nearly killed her own child after getting pregnant that propelled me to develop this project. The girl said her mother was never there for her. I chose Mityana because it's my other home district since it is where i went for my high school and giving back to the community that nurtured me has always been my desire.


My team is of 3 people. I the founder and 2 advisers; LUBEGA JAMES and NAMBI SALOME. Both of them have good and long term experience with adolescents and with a reputation as regards student involvement. Nambi Salome is the head teacher of my high school and board member of number of school boards in Mityana, this gives me access to those schools.Lubega James works with CBS a famous media house in Uganda hence connections with significant people.
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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Regional government, National government.


I entered the idea of Peer Sex Education in High Schools for a Global Engagement Summit - competition organized by North western University, Chicago. For which i emerged as the only delegate from Uganda, unfortunately i was unable to attend it. Though it wasn't through play cards, it was through debates, health talks and availing sex education reading material and related video tapes.

Primary Target Age Group

13 - 17.

Your role in Education


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The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)


Intervention Focus


Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Creating Peer Support Networks for All Stakeholders in Education: Creating peer-to-peer learning and support for teachers, parents, expecting mothers and more that enables them to transform learning.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.


Good sex education literature like books, magazines and other relevant material to aid sex education for adolescents.


I have good experience with community engagement especially up country just if one needed apartner to work with in such places.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

To bridge the knowledge gap about sex among adolescents created by the conservative culture.
To increase students awareness and knowledge about reproductive health.
To improve students academic performance through reducing the reading time they waste searching for sex related information.
To have sex education incorporated in the curriculum and among the extra curricular activities.

Secondary Form
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.

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IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

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Fewer than 10

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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).

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Jafar Sabbah's picture

great project. good luck!

Alison Halderman's picture

This is an elegantly simple solution to a number of barriers. I love the peer to peer aspect and the low cost of the cards as a tool. A pack of cards is also a tool that can be used with or without adult involvement or approval. I look forward to seeing this in action. I know games can take off like wildfire, or fail to engage. I would be interested in hearing of any problems in that area, and I would also like to eventually market a U.S. version with Room to Grow items. Keep up the good work, Regina.

I loved the idea: a simple way of giving instructions and opening space for discussing the matter. I have a special connection with the issue and I understand your position, since I have lived a short period in Uganda. I understand that many topics, not just about teenagers sex life, are really hard to be discussed with people, specially with the family. I think this idea could be used to bring awereness about another issues, like western distorted influence on Uganda's culture, political matters and environmental changes cause by big sugar kane and coffee plantations.

Keep up the good work and bring new issues that can be discussed amongst youth!


congrats Regina upon being named a player.........!!! wish you luck during the next levels..
All the best.


congrats Regina upon being named a player in learning!!! Good luck in the next levels.


congrats Regina upon being named a player.........!!! wish you luck during the next levels..
All the best.


congrats Regina upon being named a player.........!!! wish you luck during the next levels..
All the best.