An organisation known as Knit Together Initiative (KTI) says it is set to commence implementation of its project christened “Tear Down Barriers for Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights SRHR aimed at empowering young people with knowledge and skills to become change agents.
The project, billed to last for six months, is scheduled to hold from August 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
A statement signed by the Project Advisor, Jennifer Amadi, said the project, which is carried out with support from Women Deliver, is part of the latter’s Young Leaders Alumni Seed Grants in 2018.
According to the statement, the project is intended to empower the youth with the ability to become not only change agents, but also advocate for increased community support for adolescents and sexual and reproductive health rights in Rivers State.
The document noted that the project will also help to promote youth-led advocacy for the review of and implementation of Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum, which is also known as the leading guide for comprehensive sexuality education.
“KTI is an advocate and campaign organisation that works to empower young people to build resilience and determination in themselves and the society, working to promote the well-being of all with no regard for social class.
KTI hopes to refocus the FLHE curriculum beyond abstinence only for HIV/AIDS prevention, but with provision for how and where to access information on contraception and services, as well as HIV/AIDS care/treatment among adolescent and youth”, the statement said.
Beyond these, the statement continued, KTI envisions a society where individuals mutually support each other and live life together as confidants by extending knowledge, empowerment, justice and dignity in the lives of individuals.
On results expected from the project, the statement said KTI expects that it will slow down the fast growing statistics on unsafe sexual behavior resulting to poor reproductive health outcome, such as teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDs among adolescents and youths in the Niger Delta region”.
The project which is being implemented in collaboration with Teens can code a technological non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers through technology, is also focused on integration and use of innovative technology as tool for social impact in Sexual Reproductive Health and Right and HIV/AIDs advocacy.