Get UP Speak Out (GUSO)
Curious Minds/ Dance4life Netherlands
July 2016 – Dec. 2020
Tamale Metro and Talensi District
Reached and empowered 6748 young people, mainly basic school pupils to get up and speak out for their sexual and reproductive health and rights which resulted in increased access to services, reduced STIs, and unplanned pregnancies among young people in Tamale Metro and Talensi District.
Over 487 adult influencers were sensitized to create the enabling environment that supports young people’s sexual and reproductive health issues.
The Northern Region is one of the three poorest regions of Ghana with a fast growing population that has a high illiteracy rate. Tamale is the regional capital with Islam as the predominant religion. Unplanned and unwanted teenage pregnancy occasioned by little knowledge of SRHR among young people is high. Other health and social concerns such as early, child and forced marriages, sexual violence, STIs, FGM, obstetric fistula and HIV and AIDS are also rife in the area. These conditions are compounded by the low empowerment of young people to speak out for their rights.
TfSC empowered young people through information, education, and skills development to make them self-assertive to protect their sexual reproductive health and rights and speak for their rights. Young people were empowered through the four-step approach of activating, inspiring, educating, and celebrating. This was complemented by interactive theatre performances to create awareness of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. The four-step approach was replaced with the Journey4life model in the last 2 years of the project.