Investing in young people is investing in the future: Scaling up access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for adolescents and young people.
SAYWHAT in partnership with SAFAIDS is rolling out the Young for Real Project which directly targets young people including high school students in urban and rural parts of Manicaland Province. The overall of the Young for Real Project is to advocate for SRHR policy development, ensure implementation and raise awareness on SRHR issues and concerns of young people. It further aims at creating a supportive environment for addressing SRHR issues for young people, sensitizing young people, their parents, guardians and other key stakeholders on SRHR issues related to young people.
SAYWHAT implements the project in 5 Colleges in Manicaland and in 4 Rural Communities (Odzi, Marange, Chitakatira and Munyarari) in partnership with Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe. The project targets policy makers, leaders, service providers, media practitioners, leaders of youth coalitions/networks in tertiary institutions/schools and communities, opinion leaders, parents, caregivers and guardians. The primary beneficiaries of the project are adolescents and young people between the ages of 10 – 24 years. The Main Project activities are Community Policy Dialogues, SRHR Awareness Platforms, Capacity development on integration of SRHR into programmes for policy makers, leaders of youth networks/coalitions, and service providers and Development and distribution of IEC and advocacy materials on SRHR.
SAYWHAT has directly reached 10 238 (5 358 females and 4 880 males) people and indirectly reached over 25 000 young people in Manicaland through Y4R activities during the Implementation period. Among the Most Significant Changes that have resulted from SAYWHAT’s programming are the construction of 2 Incinerators at Mutare Teachers’ College, the establishment of 4 Youth Information Kiosks in Mutare Rural and the increased commitment by Manicaland leaders and SRH service providers in offering youth friendly services. The Project’s major success is as a result of effective mobilization of young people to SRHR activities through edutainment. SAYWHAT will continue to invest in edutainment activities as a way of attracting more young people to SRHR activities.