SERU! – Comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education for Youth in Juvenile Detention Centers

SERU! – Comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education for Youth in Juvenile Detention Centers

In 2008, Rutgers WPF Indonesia – formerly World Population Foundation (WPF) – together with other organizations such as Yayasan Galatea, Yayasan Pelita Ilmu and Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI) and Plan International, launched SERU! (acronym of Sumber Edukasi Masa Remajaku – Source of Education in My Adolescent Period) program designed for youth who are serving their time at the juvenile detention centers. The program has gained supports not only from the Directorate General of Detention Center at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, but also from the Directorate of Special Education at the Ministry of National Education.

The program has been implemented at the juvenile detention centers in Medan (North Sumatra), Tangerang (Banten), Blitar (East Java), Kutoarjo (Central Java), Kotabumi (North Lampung), Palembang (South Sumatra), Padang (West Sumatra), Pekanbaru (Riau), Martapura (South Kalimantan), and Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara).

Most of the subjects covered in the training manual are similar to the ones in the training manual for youth in general. However, since the youth at the detention centers had been exposed to drugs, unsafe sexual behavior and violence, the contents of the training manual has gone through some adjustments or revisions with the involvement of the detention center officers and ex/former juvenile convicts to suit their background settings. It is emphasized on how to stay away from drugs and unsafe sexual behavior.  

The subjects of SERU! Training manual are as follows:

  1. Everything starts from Me
  2. Emotional Changes
  3. Is Your Body Changing Too?
  4. My Body, My Own 
  5. Friendship and Other Relationships
  6. Gender (Male and Female)
  7. Fight for Your Right
  8. Sexuality and Love
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Protect Yourself against STIs and HIV&AIDS
  11. HIV&AIDS - You can Play Your Role too
  12. Drugs and Youth World
  13. Love Should not Hurt
  14. Your Future, Dream and Plan
  15. My Creative Note: My Message for You
  16. Exhibition

Rutgers WPF also provides additional skill training sessions on information technology, integrated with the internal education system at the detention centers, to provide youth with the necessary skills when they are released from the detention center.

Rutgers WPF Indonesia welcomes partnership with other organizations or institutions from other countries including donors, the government and the private sector to bring this program in a broader scale; we also welcome any financial supports that will enable the implementation and scaling up of the program.

Kindly contact Rutgers WPF office for further inquiries.