UNESCO Dar es Salaam has established two systematic functional models of youth media production clubs on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in secondary schools in the districts of Sengerema and Pangani.
The youth media production clubs have been developed to co-produce programmes with Sengerema and Pangani Community Radios as well as newsletters for peer learning on reproductive health in order to generate discussion with reference to HIV infection, use of condoms, early pregnancy and marriage, gender and other related issues that have impact on youth lifestyle.
This has been prompted by the fact that more than 52% of youth in the country lack appropriate education on Sexual reproductive health, a challenge which has a huge impact on effective puberty changes. Engaging youth as a link with other youth in the community, through the media for peer learning, is an alternative opportunity to use ICTs to improve the knowledge of their own sexual reproductive system and therefore enhance their desired dreams.
In producing the programmes, the young reporters will be responsible for introducing the topics on challenges and issues affecting the youth, which include HIV, use of condoms, early pregnancy, STIs/STDs and others. The host community radios will mentor the young reporters and assist in the production and airing the programmes. In that regard they will be also broadening their outreach and develop inclusive modalities for community participation in the generation of radio programmes.
Sengerema FM and Pangani FM have been selected as pilots because of their experience in reaching out to youth and women in the community, addressing issues related to gender based violence where sexual abuse is relatively high. The model will assist in scaling up to other districts as well as broadening the topics to include other issues of young people’s concern including environmental education, promotion of peace and tolerance as well as a better knowledge to the cultural diversity of the country. The youth production clubs will also be trained in management and sustainability to ensure that this mechanism of peer communication and education among youth becomes a vehicle for their inclusion in the development process of the country.
The activity is in line with Communication and Information/Cross-cutting Issue/Education Joint initiative on CSE and Girls education radio programme and will therefore facilitate development of 12 systematic functional model of youth production clubs in Isaka, Kahama, Loliondo, Micheweni (Pemba), Terrat, Pangani and Sengerema as part of the SIDA regional work plan to engage UNESCO supported community radios to roll out radio programmes on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual reproductive health in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) as well as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Community Radios supported programme through UNESCO, in particular the component of promoting inclusion of local populations in addressing issues of local concern.