SAfAIDS is working with UNESCO to implement the Our rights, Our lives, Our future five-year project in Lusaka whose aim is improved sexual and reproductive health (SRHR), gender, and education outcomes for adolescents and young people in Zambia through sustained reductions in new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, early and unintended pregnancy, and gender-based violence. SAfAIDS is supporting the training of teachers in effective delivery of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) at the teacher education college hub and at school level in province. In addition, SAfAIDS is further supporting the implementation of community engagement activities to increase support for CSE and SRHR services. SAfAIDS is working closely with the Ministry of General Education in training teachers and head teachers to effectively deliver CSE lessons at classroom level. At community level, SAfAIDS is supporting the implementation EUP prevention and management activities including the engagement of communities (including men and boys) to reduce stigma around EUP using different modalities including mass media and other community interface communication channels such as community and family dialogues. SAfAIDS will be Implementing activities that promote parent-child communication and parental involvement on the provision of CSE and access to SRHR services including supporting the roll out of the parent and child communication manual. Using previous experience in working with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health SAfAIDS is strengthening the linkages between schools and health services providers through a well thought through referral network between the school clubs and SRH service delivery points.
The project is being implemented in all the 7 districts of Lusaka Province namely; Chilanga, Chirundu, Chongwe, Kafue, Luangwa, Lusaka and Rufunsa districts.
Output 1: Support ZAMISE college hub conduct trainings in the effective delivery of CSE training to 600 in-service teachers from 7 districts and in Lusaka. (600 teachers)
Output 2: Support the training of psychosocial counselling for 56 teachers (Guidance and counselling teachers and their alternate from each model school) from 28 schools in 7 districts. (56 teachers)
Output 3: Refer a total of 16,100 (40%) people to access SRH services in the selected health facilities in 28 communities of the 7 districts in Lusaka. (16,100 Adolescents and Young people)