22nd July 2016.
Bali Children’s Project’s sex education work has been visiting the regencies of Karengasem and Badung in the latest school workshops.
Sex Education in Bali
It’s not a well known fact, but much there is no formal sex education within the Indonesian curriculum. In Bali, this means many young adults never learn of safe practices.
Without the the knowledge to make informed choices, Bali has seen youngsters suffering the effects. In recent years, cases of HIV and AIDS have increased 300% with youngsters between 21-30 years the most at risk.
Bali Children’s Project sees prevention as the best way of reducing risk to youngsters. Through our innovative workshops, we are helping 1,000’s of Bali’s youngsters to access potentially life saving information.
Karengasem and Badung Workshops
Our latest visits took us to the regencies of Karengasem and Badung. We were welcomed by 10 new classes across the two regencies. Over 500 excited students joined in the workshops – which are long discussed before our arrival.
The excitement of hearing information that is normally taboo in education and at home, makes the students exceptionally attentive.
Headed by Opy Sulaeman and joined by facilitators made up of last years interested students, we got to work.
Running through the workshops, students joined us to in learning about ‘the birds and the bees’, as well as issues surrounding teenage pregnancy and drug usage.
SMPN 1 Abiansemal
SMPN 2 Abiansemal
SMPN 3 Abiansemal
SMAN I Abiansemal
SMK Widya Mandala
SMAN 1 Bebandem
SMKN 1 Bebandem
SMPN 1 Bebandem
SMAN 1 Selat
SMPN 3 Selat
Upon examining pre and post written tests from the students, there is continued encouraging evidence. Test results showed something almost identical to every other school. Before the sessions, correct answers averaged between 40-60%, while afterwards correct answers averaged between 70% and 100%.
In SMAN 1 Bebadem, out of 60 students, one student scored 100% in the pre test. In the post test, 20 students scored top marks.
What are the workshops all about?
Split into multiple sessions, the workshops target teenagers who would otherwise have little knowledge of safe sex.
Informing students about how their choices can impact their future selves can be life saving.
The workshops start with introductions, followed by a fun ice breaker brain game. The session then moves on to show a video examining the issues.
There are question and answers sessions, group work (where students place correct statements
in order) and mapping out their future lives.
The carefully constructed sessions are in a bite size format to maintain interest and genuinely advance knowledge. A before and after test is provided, with students largely registering hugely improved knowledge.
Want to Help?
You can find out more about how the program works here.
2016’s workshops are kindly funded by our friends at the Mel Wolf Foundation, together with funds raised by Three Monkeys Restaurants through their ‘food for thought’ program.
More news about the program can be seen here.