“Let’s Talk About It” – Increasing Adolescent and Community Awareness on Reproductive Health and Improving Parenting Skills of Teachers & Parents in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.
During a baseline survey conducted on October 2014 in 3 areas in East Nusa Tenggara (Kupang City, Kupang Regency, and Manggarai Barat Regency), OTMI discovered a lack of communication between parents and adolescents in East Nusa Tenggara, especially concerning reproductive health and sexuality issue. As a result, adolescents look for information from unreliable sources, such as the internet, TV, books/magazines, and other media that will lead them to unsafe sexual behavior.
From this finding, and supported by Maju Perempuan Indonesia untuk Penanggulangan Kemiskinan Program (MAMPU), a joint initiative of the Government of Australia and the Government of Indonesia, OTMI has initiated the “Let’s Talk about It” project: a public campaign to raise awareness of adolescents and the society in East Nusa Tenggara on the issues of reproductive health, sexuality, and communication through 2015.
To tackle these issues, we have carried out several prototypes consisting of:
• Socializations on reproductive health and self-worth with interactive activities and videos for junior high school students, parents, and teachers
• Developing a reproductive health-themed mobile application
• Initiate the making of “letters of love” from junior high school students to their teachers
• Production of reproductive health F.A.Q. books
• Organizing an inter-school competition
• A reproductive health-themed song competition
• Organizing a music and movie screening festival
For this project, OTMI has partnered with expert organizations in the field of reproductive health and parenting, such as Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI), Yayasan Kita dan Buah Hati (YKBH), Rumah Perempuan, Yayasan Tanpa Batas, Komisi Penanggulangan AIDS NTT.
At the end of the project, the socialization has held in 5 selected junior high schools in Kupang City and Kupang District, trained 1.812 junior high school students, 311 teachers, and 40 parents. OTMI also developed a reproductive health-themed mobile application named “12+”, which has been downloaded and used by more than 100 android users, while also broadcasting 23.430 messages containing information on reproductive health through Telkomsel and Indosat short messages broadcasts.
Download the training modules and FAQ book below:
• Mari Kita Bicara Fakta – FAQ on Sex and Reproductive Health
• Panduan Fasilitator Pelatihan Anak – Facilitator guide for sex and reproductive health education for young teens
• Panduan Fasilitator Pelatihan Guru & Orang Tua – Facilitator guide for sex and reproductive health education for teachers and parents