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The Sambhav Story: Empowering Adolescents, Developing Champions

“There is a thought in my mind which I have not shared with anyone so far, as to why all parents treat their children or the girl and boy differently. After all, be it a girl or boy, both are children of the same parents.”

 

“Do all girls go through the menstrual cycle at the same time each month? Does it pain a lot during this period? This is the first time that we have got a platform to discuss our issues, share our views and clarify any doubts. We also got a lot of new information. Before this, issues like menstrual hygiene were never discussed openly. We didn’t know much about it either.”

 

The above two comments came from adolescents during the first phase of the Unicef-supported Adolescent Empowerment Programme (AEP) in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. The observations were made during a workshop for training adolescents on articulating their issues and concerns with their peers, families and other decision makers and influencers, using culture-based tools like forum theatre. The responses came during an activity that required them to express those thoughts that they could never share because of various constraints and taboos. The boys and girls expressed themselves their deep-seated concerns, opinions and aspirations on unnamed chits.

 

Adolescent boys and girls between 10 and 19 years of age constitute about 21% of India’s population.  In numbers, it translates to 253 million people. It is the crucial preparatory time for adulthood physiologically, psychologically as well as socially. And yet, more than 33% of the disease burden and almost 60% of premature deaths among adults can be associated with behaviour or conditions that began or occurred during adolescence, be it substance abuse, sexual abuse, risky sex or poor eating habits (WHO 2002). Addressing the issues becomes a challenge in the presence of other factors like child marriage, teenage pregnancy, lack of access to information and services and platforms to raise the issues.

The Government of India recognizes these needs and challenges and addresses the same through the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) for adolescents. RKSK addresses health needs, including sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, injuries and violence (including gender based violence), non-communicable diseases, mental health and substance misuse.

The Government of Jharkhand, supported by Unicef and its partner organizations, are addressing adolescent issues in a more holistic manner through the project Sambhav. It aims at improving not just adolescent health but also reducing vulnerabilities through interventions for stopping child marriages and encouraging adolescents to pursue higher education. The programme has a peer education-based approach to engage and empower adolescents. It takes the holistic approach of not just empowering the adolescents with knowledge and skills, but also simultaneously strengthening the network of agencies involved with service delivery.

 

As part of the Sambhav project, we are working across 6 blocks of East Singhbhum district with the support of Unicef. To strengthen the holistic approach of project Sambhav we have been working to capacitate a wide range of stakeholders.

During Phase I of AEP from September to December 2017, we trained over 100 adolescents on using interactive games, slogans, storytelling and Forum theatre to raise their voices and articulate their concerns and demands. It resulted in development of 3 street plays developed by the PEs. 40 NGO filed workers underwent training on various aspects like social mobilization. They were trained to use theatre-based tools and techniques for two-way communication and community engagement. A guidebook ‘Handout for Effective Social Mobilization’ was also developed as their ready reference.

We have also worked with 109 Frontline Workers (FLWs) from East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Gumla, Lohardaga and Simdega districts to strengthen AHD rollout by orienting them on best practices of social mobilization and public outreach. A resource booklet ‘A Guideline for Effective AHD Celebration’ was developed for them for ready reference. 6 AHDs were organized as demonstration of best practices across East & West Singhbhum, Lohardaga, Gumla and Simdega districts. The AHDs were attended  by about 600 adolescent girls and boys, and 250 parents and community members, in the presence of over 100 key stakeholders.

During the project cycle, the participants tested the newly acquired skills and participatory tools during audience engagement sessions that drew very positive responses from the community. After the workshop, the NGO personnel of Lohardaga Gram Swarajya Sansthan conducted a meeting (IPC session) with the parents and prevented the marriage of a 16-year-old girl. Local newspapers covered the development and this had a very positive effect on the community.

The Phase II of AEP has given us an extended timeline starting August 2018 till June 2019 across the same 6 blocks of East Singhbhum to develop a pool of Master Trainers and provide them with handholding support and supportive supervision till June 2019.

In this phase we are training 50 NGO field workers as Master Trainers to cascade 10 Life Skills training to the PEs who in turn will cascade it with the adolescent groups using the AdhaFULL toolkit. We will also be training 60 FLWs from the 6 AFHCs on public outreach and engagement for demand generation for AFHC services. As part of the initiative, the Government training institutions of the department of Women & Child Development and Health & Family Welfare will be mapped. Needs assessment study will be conducted to assess the capacity of the government training institutes and its staff to undertake training and roll out communication package on adolescent priorities. The study will also include recommendations for integration of suggested curriculum for adolescents.

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