Sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS, unplanned pregnancies, drug abuse, sexual abuse, prostitution, AIDS babies – all of these things are rapidly increasing in Bali.
Government figures in 2013 suggested the problem is growing exponentially, with more than 100 new HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed every month (and more undiagnosed), in comparison to 50 per month the previous year (2012) – a 100% rise. [i] Latest figures in July 2015 suggested this figure has reached 150-180 new cases each month.[ii]
The most at risk individuals have been highlighted as heterosexual youngsters between 20-29. The Australian reports children are “bearing the brunt of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Bali”.[v]
Latest government reports there was a total number of 18,673 confirmed cases of HIV and AIDS in Bali – it’s the latest figure in a worrying rising trend.
The latest Bali Government figures show something very worrying. From April 2016 to April to 2017, cases of HIV/AIDS rose from 13,774 to 17,099 – a 24.1% rise in just one year[vi]. The need for preventative measures has never been so important.
Bali Children’s Project works with schools and villages in Bali to deliver sexual education workshops. The aim of the workshop are to help children to understand sex and make informed decisions in the future.
Our program is the only program we know of in Bali, that is pro actively addressing prevention through school workshops in every area.
There is a special focus on HIV and AIDS, drugs and teenage pregnancy.
In 2018, we’ll be travelling to over 45 schools and working with over 50 KSPAN groups.
The key element of Sex Education Workshops is giving schools the ability and ownership to educate themselves and their communities.
That’s why our program develops ‘KSPAN’ clubs – a sort of Sex Education Club that each high school in Bali is obliged to have – to develop real aims, targets and goals.
Each clubs automatically enter into a competition to be crowned one of the top 10 KSPAN clubs in Bali. The winners are the clubs that show most improvement, dedication and impact – based on their activity reports.
Inspiring KSPAN clubs is a key way of impacting their wider schools and communities. Currently, many KSPAN clubs lack the resource and ability to truly educate others.
As well as inspiring students, many teachers are keen to gain information so they can better inform their students.
During our sex education workshops, teachers in all schools are invited to a teacher-only development session, where we give advice and support, including a questions and answers session.
Teachers we meet are all keen to develop their skills to deal with situations surrounding sex. While not in their formal training as teachers, this session offers insights and development that could prove critical to a youngster in need.
Teachers are also involved in our KSPAN Development Workshops, with each teacher assigned to help support the KSPAN group in their school.