Tear Down Barriers For Adolescents and Youth SRHR
#TearDownBarriers was implemented to empower young people with knowledge and skills to become change agents and advocate for increased community support for adolescents and youth SRHR in Rivers state. This was done through an online campaign to engage, organize, and mobilize young advocates to ask for improved information on sex education taught in junior secondary schools to adolescents that moves beyond the abstinence-only mantra.
- This project represents a platform for youth-led advocacy that calls for state level action using social interactions of youth, decision makers, and influencers.
- Through technology, they work to increase community support for adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including access to contraceptive information/services, HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in Rivers state. It trained 25 adolescents and youth advocates, reached more than 1 million person including influencers and decision makers through the #TearDownBarriers social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook.
- Brough together 60 advocates and allies in one physical space.
- Prior to the project the Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum junior secondary scheme of work for Physical and Health Education, Integrated Science and Social Studies 2006 were in parts; expired and only focus on abstinence only.
Knit Together Initiative (KTI) through this project initiated efforts towards the review of the curriculum and ensured that what adolescents want are well captured and will be taught in schools.