Our next phase of 2015’s HIV/AIDS & Sex Education is complete! We visited multiple schools in Jembrana – one of the neediest regions in Bali – to deliver our flagship sex education workshops.
Jembrana is located in west Bali, far away from the hustle and bustle of the south or the tourism Bali is so used to. The regency has been massively affected by a rise in HIV/AIDS cases, as well as spiralling young pregnancies.
With no formal sex education in Indonesia’s national curriculum, it can be difficult for youngsters to be in the know about sexual health.
The latest visit to Jembrana was a huge success. We were greeted by headmasters from each school, who welcomed the team warmly. Most schools invite us back year after year to deliver the sessions to ages 15 and up.
The children themselves were extremely excited to find out about what is normally considered a taboo subject in Bali.
Talking about sex, pregnancy, disease and safe practices is something many young adults never have the opportunity to do. With our engaging workshops, they are encouraged to get involved and learn about all the issues they may face.
It takes 5 hours and more then 5 sessions to run the workshop for each school. With a 9.00am start, the BCP team of four, led by Opi Sualeman leave the office bright and early, ready for a day that could impact lives forever.
For those of you wondering what a ‘workshop’ involves, it’s actually a carefully crafted sessions that has a focus on fun, but with a serious message behind it.
A speech from head master of schools or government Health Department or AIDS Commission of regency. make it AIDS and cap D for uniformity
A short welcome and introduction of BCP staff, followed by a very quick summary of why we are there.
A very brief test (10 minutes), to ascertain current knowledge of drugs, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.
Students are asked to stand up and give current opinions over the microphone.
Divided into 7 groups, each groups has different topics to discuss and presentation.
The same 10 minute test as before the sessions started – helping us to see how their knowledge has increased (see bottom of this page)
A speech from our friend who lives with HIV, discussing her experiences and advice.
This normally this gets the most giggles, but the most engagement too. Learning how to properly apply a condom using real condoms and wooden models.
Making blue print for student vision of life.
In 2015 we are aiming to reach out to 40 schools across every single regency of Bali – aiming to impact 2800 children! Our last visit was to Gianyar, followed by this one and next up is Badung regency (the main tourist areas of Kuta).
We see these sessions as critically important to the future health and lives of children. It gives them the ability to make their own informed decisions that can change the direction of their lives.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and post test results shows a huge difference in understanding of issues surrounding sex. We say a huge thank you to The Mel Wolf Foundation, whose funding for the third year running means we are able to continue this life saving program in Bali.
Our next sessions move to the south of Bali, covering Kuta, Nusa Dua and the surrounding areas.
If you would like to find out more about our work in this area, please see our program page on sex education.
If you would like to contribute to funding these sessions, please go to our donate page and select ‘Sex Education, HIV & AIDS’.