The World Starts With Me (WSWM) is a sexual reproductive health and rights program implemented by SchoolNet Uganda in partnership with the World Population Foundation and the Ministry of Education & Sports currently in 150 secondary schools across the country.
The invited schools will each send a student to be trained as a WSWM Student Peer Educator at the WSWM student camp to be held (Mon 6th Dec – Frid 10th Dec) 2010 at Gayaza High School.
The invited schools will be responsible for setting the selection criteria for the student to represent the school but the criteria should include among other things, a student who has a passion for WSWM, knowledgeable about the WSWM curriculum, has good interpersonal and communication skills, practices what WSWM stands for, well behaved , trainable and good at mobilizing other students.
The trained WSWM Student Peer Educator (SPE) will be responsible for mobilizing students for WSWM activities and lessons, assisting the WSWM teachers in conducting some of the WSWM lessons under the teachers’ guidance and for mobilizing students to produce artifacts (e.g. poems, skits, and Art pieces) for communicating SRHR messages to other students in a youth friendly way at school assemblies and at the WSWM exhibition – Lesson 14.
The schools are advised to send a student who will be in school at least two more years.
WSWM Student Peer Educators’ Training Workshop objectives:
The training of the WSWM Student Peer Educators (SPE) will be conducted in such a way as to achieve the following objectives:
- To provide the WSWM students from different schools across the country an opportunity to interact both formally and informally for the purpose of networking and knowledge sharing.
- To provide WSWM students an opportunity to brainstorm some of the SRHR faced by the youth in schools and out of schools, share possible consequences and possible solutions to the SRHR issues with purpose of building their capacity to avoid risk behavior and situations, make independent but informed healthy decisions about their lives.
- To provide students with an in-depth knowledge of some of the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues covered within the WSWM curriculum in particular Lesson 6: “Fight for your Rights” , Lesson 7: “Sexuality and Love”, Lesson 8: “Pregnancy for Girls and Boys too”, Lesson 9: “Protect yourself against STIs and HIV/AIDS”, Lesson 10: “HIV/AIDS you have a Role to Play” ,Lesson 12: “My Future Dreams” and Lesson 14” “The Exhibition”.
- To clarify some of the myths and misconceptions regarding youth Sexual Reproductive Health particularly with regard to pregnancy, STI and HIV/AIDS prevention.
- To develop and enhance students’ ICT skills and capacity to use Internet as a learning resource and a resource for health information.
- To introduce the WSWM student peer educators to the WSWM online support centre (http://www.schoolnetuganda.sc.ug/wswmonlinesupport/).
- To build students’ knowledge and skills in communication, public speech, script writing, skit acting, video filming and editing.
- To involve students in developing and producing multimedia youth friendly Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) materials.
- To provide career guidance to the students and build their self-esteem through the use of role models and inspirational talk by young people.
- To get students’ suggestions and ideas of how to improve the WSWM program in schools both quantitatively and qualitatively.
- To create a national network of WSWM students who will continue collaborating using ICT even after the camp.
- To collect WSWM student voices and testimonies.
Arua Public Girls SS (Arua), Amuria Secondary School (Amuria), St. Mary’s College Lacor (Amuru), Masheruka Girls SS (Bushenyi), Gulu College (Gulu), St. John Buwaya SS (Iganga), Busedde College (Jinja), St. John SS Ikumba (Kabale) , Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga Memorial SS (Kalangala), Namirembe Hillside High School, Muyenga High School (Kampala), Karambi SS (Kasese), Kitgum Comprehensive Girls SS (Kitgum), Aloi Secondary School (Lira), St. Herman SS, Kaliisizo (Masaka), Masindi S S (Masindi), Gombe Community Polytechnic (Mpigi), St. Balikuddembe SSS Kisoga (Mukono), Lweru Sec. School (Mukono),St. Steven Secondary School (Soroti), Rock High School (Tororo), St. Bernadette SS Kyengera (Wakiso), Buwule Memorial High (Wakiso), St. Kizito High School Kireka (Wakiso), Yumbe Secondary School (Yumbe), Kings College Budo, Muni Girls School (Arua), Mt. Rwenzori Girls SS, Arua Town College Girls SS (Arua), Pope Paul VI Anaka (Amuru), Banda Secondary School (Bugiri), Alliance High School (Gulu), Trinity College Gulu (Gulu), Nakanyonyi Girls SS (Jinja), St. Thomas SS, Kashaki (Kabale), Sselwanga Lwanga SSS (Kalangala), Angel High School (Kampala), Emma High School (Kampala), Trinity High School (Kawempe), High Standard Christian SS Kateera (Kiboga), Central Secondary School (Lira), Holy Family Kyamuliibwa SS (Masaka), Kako Secondary School (Masaka), Kibibi Standard School (Mpigi), St. Lwanga Vocational and SSS (Mukono), Springfield College Nakifuma (Mukono), Namaalu SS (Nakapiripirit), Orungo High School (Soroti), Trinity College Nabbingo (Wakiso), Nkoowe High School (Wakiso), St. Elizabeth SS Nkoowe (Wakiso), Kireka High School (Wakiso), Aringa Secondary School (Yumbe)., Lubiri Secondary School (Kampala), Bugongi Secondary School (Bushenyi)
A generic invitation letter with the camp programme can be downloaded using the link below
Invitation to the 2010 WSWM Students Camp