Edukans, Savana Signatures Develop Guideline for SRHR Education

Two non-governmental organisations, Edukans, a Dutch non-governmental organisation and Savana Signatures, a Ghanaian non-governmental organisation operating in the Northern and Volta regions have developed Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme to address sexual reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people in Ghana.


The programme, Ready Steady Ghana, was a result of a study by the two organisations in 2015 into adolescents, undergoing technical and vocational training, to identify their sexual reproductive health and rights.


The 2015 study found that young (18-24) suffered high cases of sexual reproductive health and rights associated issues — teenage pregnancy, STIs and sexual and gender based violence — due to limited knowledge, attitude and skills.


Ready Steady Ghana comes alongside with guidelines for its implementation and “serve as a starting point for policy development and implementation of programmes for improvement of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for TVET trainees.” It further “seeks to reach and empower more young people in TVET by up scaling the intervention to other formal and informal TVET institutions in Ghana and building the capacity of TVET providers to facilitate the Ready Steady Ghana curriculum.”


To develop a workable curriculum, Edukans and Savana Signatures built the capacity of six groups —BIBIR, Challenging Heights, Heifer International Ghana, Kumasi Institute for Tropical Agriculture (KITA) Network for Community Planning and Development (NECPAD) and Suglo N-Nya Bechiagu Women’s Association — of formal and non-formal technical and vocational education and training (TVET) providers to address the needs of specific target.


A situation and needs analysis report presented by Edukans, Savana Signatures and their partners in Accra on Thursday, shows that 80% of girls and 73% of boys between 15 and 24 years do not have adequate knowledge on SRHR. This affects young people decision making on health and their future life. The situation analysis further revealed that 10% of girls and boys in Ghana had their first sexual intercourse before 15 years and 47% of young women 32% of young men before the age of 18 therefore form a great risk if this group lack knowledge on SRHR.


Traditional norm, value and practice were also identified as having negative influence on the sexual health of young people in Ghana. These practices come in form of puberty rites in which girls are presented to the community as possible brides.


With a number of young ladies dropping out of technical and vocational institutions due to unplanned pregnancies and gender-based violence, the comprehensive sexuality education aimed at increasing the number of healthy young people, provide young people with youth-friendly services and empower them to make informed decisions about their sexuality.


The ‘Ready Steady Ghana’ programme “is a participatory extra-curricular ICT-based learning activity with six lessons which gives out-of-school youth (18-25) an opportunity to make informed decisions for a healthy sexual and reproductive life and a positive future.


“Trained facilitators and virtual peer-educators communicate directly with youth about positives sexual behaviours through games, creative exercise and interactive discussions,” the two organisations said in a brochure.


The programme has already been tested in 5 TVET partner organisations, and the outcomes have been positive.


                                                                 Edukans, Savana Signatures and their partners in a group photo 

 Source: ISD (Sule N. Jotie)



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