Adolescent girls literacy initiative for reproductive health (a GIFT for RH)

Case Studies & Research
36 p.

The goal of "GIFT for RH" project is to increase the ability of illiterate and out-of-school adolescent girls aged 10-19 living in remote regions of Nepal to make and act on informed decisions regarding their reproductive health and rights as well as to make the community and their peers aware of the same, by the girls' participating in Lalima literacy classes given in Adolescent Girls' Groups (AGGs). The programme was implemented by Aamaa Milan Kendra (Mothers' Club) with technical and financial support from Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). The Lalima classes focused on basic literacy, but the curriculum incorporated health education (including family planning, reproductive health, STD/HIV/AIDS and girl trafficking). The study conducted to assess the impact of the nine-month non-formal education programme for these illiterate adolescent girls demonstrated the value of AGGs and the advantages of using literacy classes as vehicles for teaching health-related topics, including adolescent reproductive health. The proportion of girls knowing about health issues in general, and reproductive health in particular, increased from almost none before the classes, especially among 10-14 years old, to more than half at their conclusion, to at least three-quarter a year later.

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