Let’s empower parents so they can discuss sensitive topics with their children!Friday 10th April 2020
Is it necessary to discuss about topics related to sex that are still considered as taboo nowadays ? Certainly, but... who should talk about them ?
Parents in particular, as such they are the first responsible of their children’s education. However, parents are sometimes not equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfill their duties. Thus, to address that, the Ministry of National Education and Technical and Vocational Education, technically and financially supported by SEED Madagascar have developed an educational resource on SRHR (sexual, reproductive health and rights) for parents of students. The program aims to equip parents with basic knowledge so they are able to openly and empathetically discuss sensitive topics with their children in an easy way.
The program will be implemented by the school board called « Conseil d’Etablissement » (C.E) in every high school (Lycée). For this school year 2019-2020, it is piloted in 4 regions which are Androy represented by the Lycée Ambovombe, Anosy with the Lycée Manambaro, Analamanga with the Lycée Nanisana and finally Boeny represented by the Lycée Philibert Tsiranana in Mahajanga. During this pilot, three topics will be highlighted across three sessions with an average duration of one hour, in order to evaluate the content and methodology of the program. The topics to be covered are : sexual and reproductive health, contraception, and early marriage.
The pilot will be conducted in five steps :
1. Trainers training at the national level of the Ministry of National Education and Technical and Vocational Education, which took place on January 15 and 16, 2020.
2. School Board members training in the four pilot Lycées on January 21 and 22, 2020.
3. Target parents capacity building conducted by the School Board members, spread over three different sessions.
4. Data collected analysis through monitoring-evaluation activities.
5. Refinement of the content for an upcoming scale-up during the 2020-2021 school year.
Lycées Manambaro and Ambovombe have started baseline activities and held the first session with parents over March. With health emergency currently enforced across the Malagasy territory, School Boardmembers of the other two Lycées are not in the position to gather parents of students.