Annual Report 2014
2014 was very colorful for Rutgers WPF Indonesia. We enthusiastically continued the execution of our programs that had already been started in the years before. We were also convinced that our programs had all been given the right format. For instance, we learned a lot of new things from the ASK program that was aimed at adolescents, from the operational research that was done this year and much of what we have learned from these lessons we will share in this report. For the UFBR program, we continued our expertise in sexuality education by expanding our module and maintain the quality of educator. In the health sector, we started our cooperation for the MenCare+ program that focuses on the male’s involvement.
Speaking in colorful terms, the focus of this report will start with the theme “Working together to eradicate violence”. Other colorful events that took place this year include changes in our staff, including in the management level. Some staff changes initially required us to adapt but with the enthusiasm prevalent among Rutgers WPF Indonesia, we were able to swiftly adapt
ourselves and turn ourselves into a solid and unified team that is fully dedicated to do all necessary to meet our vision and mission which remains to be to create a society that is free from all kinds of violence and where sexual and reproductive and sexual health and rights are met and respected.
Rutgers WPF Indonesia as an organization has been active in Indonesia since 1997 and it has the expertise in the field of sexuality education and is committed to the enhancement of the quality of education especially among children and youth. We managed to develop a number of modules that were adapted by the government and by other stakeholders. These modules were geared to education at levels ranging from Kindergarten to senior high school, facilities for the disabled as well as correctional institutions. The most recent module is SETARA (Semangat Masa Remaja, Spirit of the Adolescent Period), which is meant for junior high school students. In 2014, we continued the use of the SETARA module in teaching junior high school students in four provinces, Jambi, Lampung, DKI Jakarta and DIY Yogyakarta. We are aware that providing information only is not enough. This information has to be supported by access to health services. To meet this need, we have started to link ourselves with various organizations that offer sexual and reproductive health services and we have devised a system that offers comprehensive services to youths, women, and marginalized groups. To deal with reproductive and sexual health, we and our partners have produced a series of teaching courses for health providers to integrate them with other youth-friendly services ranging from counseling to medical treatment. With our partners, we have also started to offer counseling services to men and these services focus especially on male perpetrators of violence.
To be able to do all this, all the programs we executed had to be supported by the findings from solid research and therefore we have done research in 2014 that focused on access to information for youths in relation to sexual and reproductive health. This research has been done in three provinces and involved youths not only as the research’s subjects but also in the capacity of researchers of their own. The findings of this research have strengthened the programs we are executing and have made them more efficient and effective in their outreach to young people.
This annual report offers lessons that may be used by various stakeholders in Indonesia starting from the government, academics, development workers, and health services providers. It is our expectation that a number of lessons may inspire us and make us reflect on ourselves in order to create an Indonesia that is free from violence and friendly to all.