Rutgers WPF Indonesia is working to address various challenges and problems faced by young people by empowering them through comprehensive sexuality education. Sexuality is not necessarily about sex, but also related to health, being comfortable with their body, as well as respecting other people’s rights. Comprehensive refers to various human aspects and conducted using creative approaches to meet the different needs of youth tailored to their age. Therefore, it is necessary to design this sexuality education in such an attractive way to attract youth that will eventually change their knowledge and behavior to become aware of their own health and respect other people’s rights.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Children and Youth Empowering Young People to Protect Them against Violence

Rutgers WPF Indonesia is working to address various challenges and problems faced by young people by empowering them through comprehensive sexuality education. Sexuality is not necessarily about sex, but also related to health, being comfortable with their body, as well as respecting other people’s rights. Comprehensive refers to various human aspects and conducted using creative approaches to meet the different needs of youth tailored to their age. Therefore, it is necessary to design this sexuality education in such an attractive way to attract youth that will eventually change their knowledge and behavior to become aware of their own health and respect other people’s rights.

 

Why do we need to educate youth on comprehensive sexuality?

Statistics has shown that there is an information gap among youth regarding risky behavior that can ruin their future. According to the National Drugs Agency, over 800,000 young people in Indonesia are addicted to drugs. The figure will likely grow as people welcome the government policy that encourages people to report drug users’ identity without risking them of arrest or detention, but to provide them with recommendation for rehabilitation. There is also information gap regarding youth knowledge on reproductive health, i.e. 50 percent of people living with HIV are teenagers and young adults (ages 15-29 years old), while unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortion, which could lead to death, also occur among young people. This has prompted Rutgers WPF Indonesia to address these urgent matters, since young people account for 25 percent of the country’s total population, i.e. nearly 50 million. Issues faced by young generation are considered a treat to the nation’s future!

 

Involving teachers at school

Rutgers WPF views teachers and peer educators in youth organizations as the entrance to reach out to youth population. Over the last 10 years, Rutgers WPF has developed a capacity building program for teachers of junior and senior high schools and peer educators from youth organizations. In 2014, as many as 230 teachers in Jambi, DKI Jakara, Lampung and DI Yogyakarta participated in the program; 337 educators from the four provinces also participated in the capacity building program on sexuality and reproductive health education for youth. In the same year, the program reached out some 14,219 youth from schools and youth organizations community. The capacity building program for teachers comprises of SETARA training module designed for teachers of junior high schools and DAKU health education and training modules for teachers of senior high schools.  

While some teachers and educators have participated in the comprehensive sexuality and reproductive health education program, Rutgers WPF and its partners are working with the government to incorporate sexuality and reproductive health education into the general school curriculum so that it will be able to reach out more (or all) young people and change their behavior regarding their sexuality and reproductive health and respect the sexuality and reproductive health and rights of others.

 

Not only education, but also creating agents4change

Rutgers WPF believes that youth can become agents4change, i.e. trained, well-informed and dedicated young people who are willing to share their knowledge and inspire others to participate in the program.

One of the comprehensive sexuality and reproductive health education program adopts a fun approach to attract youth, namely dance4life. It encourages youth to learn creative dance with experts to build a sense of togetherness and come up with an agreement to avoid negative impacts from their environment related to their sexuality, reproductive health and their future. In Indonesia, dancing is part of our culture. Each part of the country has their own unique and beautiful traditional dance. Therefore, it is easy to get youth to dance: the dance4life (similarly pronounced as Dance For Life) encourages youth to dance to appreciate and care for the life that God has given. As many as 32,172 young people are now ”dancing” in North Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Lampung, DKI Jakarta, DI Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java and Papua. More importantly, 4,823 of them agreed to become agents4change to reach out more youth in their community 

 

Below are positive comments from young people:

Gilang (SMPN 10, Bandar Lampung):

“I think learning SETARA is fun. It helps me to understand more about changes in my body than I did before. I used to learn about it from the internet rather than from teachers or parents.

Aby Syahputra (youth community, Bandar Lampung):

“I feel like I’ve transformed into a different youth since I participated in the dance4life, I’ve learned a lot about SRHR and now I realize what I can do. As an agent4change, I can spread the information to others.”

Tony (Coordinator from community organization of diverse sexuality in Jambi):

“All this time we only know about HIV and AIDS as our organizaton works in outreach and counseling for people living with HIV and AIDS, but as we’ve expanded our network through this capacity building activity, we become aware that when we talk about HIV and AIDS, it is part of sexuality and gender issue.”

DAKU Papua - Dunia Remajaku Seru (My Fun World)! In Papua

The objective of the program is to empower youth with the assistance of high school teachers and peer-educators in the community.

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Empowering Difable Children to Navigate the World and Independent

Rutgers WPF Indonesia has also developed and implemented a program for the difabled people, particularly youth. The program is geared towards raising their awareness on sexuality and reproductive health, as they are among the most vulnerable to sexual violence.

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Online Comprehensive Sexuality Education by Sobat ASK

The www.sobatask.net also provides online course for youth to allow them to systematically learn about sexuality and reproductive health in the “Sobat ASK Learning Space”

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

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

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Sexuality Education for Young Children

Rutgers WPF Indonesia has developed an educational program on sexuality specifically designed for children in kindergarten, namely ”You and Me”.

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Dance4life – Empowering young people through pop culture

In order to share knowledge on sexuality and reproductive health and healthy behavior, and to encourage youth to empower their peers, Rutgers WPF Indonesia adopts the dance4life  (pronounced asdance for life’) program.

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DAKU ! Dunia Remajaku Seru - My Fun Adolescent World

Rutgers WPF Indonesia, along with its partner organizations, has launched DAKU! Dunia Remajaku Seru (My Fun Adolescent World)! Program, a capacity building program that will enable high school teachers and peer educators to share their knowledge on sexual and reproductive health with their students to raise awareness on their sexuality and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

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