25th April 2016.
Our Sex Education Workshops have returned for another year! The sessions are a much needed addition to the Indonesian curriculum, as our team travel to over 40 schools.
The workshops are the brainchild of Bali Children’s Project to help prevent issues surrounding unprotected sex, HIV, AIDS, drug use and teenage pregnancy.
2016’s program was launched once again by our wonderful Opy Sulaeman, whose invaluable experience has helped to construct the sessions.
The aim is to visit 45 schools in each regency of Bali. Opy is backed up by a team of ‘facilitators’ – students from previous years who have expressed a desire to help in new sessions.
Opy and the team have already complete two of Bali’s nine regencies, visiting five schools in Jembrana, and a further four schools in Ubud.
The workshops were a completely new audience of students, soon to become adults.
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.
What’s the big problem?
There is no formal sex education in the Indonesian curriculum. The program set up by Bali Children’s Project provides an engaging, fun and informative day workshop that helps students truly understand the issues.
With spiralling numbers of teenage pregnancy, HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases amongst Bali’s youth, the Sex Education program aims to be the prevention, not the cure.
In April 2013, estimated cases of HIV, AIDS were 7,400 . By December 2014 this figure has increased to 10,371. Officials estimate the real figure could be up to 26,000. 
Sex Education: Next Up
The team’s busy schedule continues with more workshops in Badung, Tabanan, Denpasar, Klungkung, Bangli, Karengasem and Buleleng.
This year, there have been other new additions to the program, with new standalone workshops in Child Protection and Community Awareness.
Our thanks go to the Mel Wolf Foundation, whose continued funding has enable the program to continue and expand over the years.
We thank Three Monkey’s, whose ‘Food for Thought’ campaign is exclusively funding child protection workshops
and a portion of our Schools and Community workshops.
You can help support the program too! The more funds we raise, the more schools we can visit.
You can find out more about how the program works here.