ACWICT has been selected to receive one of the six grants for RH Integration under the Planning for Life: Phase 2 project
The overall goal of the project is to integrate Youth Reproductive Health training in the activities of the on-going youth employability projects at ACWICT, which seek to improve the economic and employment prospects of disadvantaged young women from the Informal settlements of Nairobi and Eldoret towns. This is done through the provision of training in technical skills and life skills coupled with placement support.
The integration of youth reproductive health lessons into the life skills curriculum of the on-going youth employability programs includes content on Personal Values, Puberty, Reproduction Review, Teenage Pregnancy, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Gender Roles and Stereotypes and gender-Based and Sexual Violence
The initiative responds to a growing need among young women in Kenya today who face severe threats to their health and well-being and an uphill struggle to stay in school, postpone marriage and childbearing, remain free of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and find gainful employment.
Young women only constitute 29% of the young people gaining formal employment in Kenya every year. This is attributable to amongst others, inequalities in access to education; property ownership patterns and Impact of HIV/AIDS pandemic in young women; Young women also face other challenges during their school career e.g. teenage pregnancies, child marriages and cultural practices such as female circumcision that impact negatively on their productivity and output.
The project is expected to provide a comprehensive approach to youth development and employment through the provision of the Youth reproductive health knowledge and skills, which are crucial in minimizing the risks that limit opportunities for young women and enabling them to participate fully in their communities and society by taking control of their own lives and continue learning.
The specific objectives of the project include:
- Introduction of a youth reproductive health curriculum as a supplementary course in ACWICT’s youth employability programs
- Inclusion of youth reproductive health issues such as HIV prevention, RH/ FP education, and teenage pregnancy in Life Skills for employability training
- Training youth leaders to be peer educators on youth reproductive health
The Planning for Life project was launched by the International Youth Foundation in March 2007 with funding by USAID/World Learning. The project aims to improve the reproductive health of young people by integrating Youth Reproductive Health (YRH) and Family Planning (FP) into youth development programs such as livelihoods and employability, leadership and engagement, education and health.