Press Release; Tear Down Barriers for Adolescents and Youth SRHR Project Launch
Knit Together Initiative (KTI) is set to commence implementation of project ‘Tear Down Barriers for Adolescents and Youth SRHR. This is a six months project beginning from 1 August, 2018 – 31st January 2019.
This project is made possible with generous support from Women Deliver – as part of the Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Alumni Seed Grants, 2018.
KTI is an advocacy and campaign organization that works to empower young people to build resilience, determination in themselves and the society – working to promote the well-being of all with no regard for social class.
This project aims to empower young people with knowledge and skills to become change agents, to advocate for increased community support for adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Rivers state. This will also help to promote youth-led advocacy for the review of and implementation of Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum which is also known in Nigeria as the leading guide for comprehensive sexuality education. Through this project, KTI hope to refocus the FLHE curriculum beyond abstinence only for HIV/AIDS prevention, but with provision for, how and where to access contraception information and services and HIV/AIDS care/treatment among adolescents and youth..
Inspired by the challenges and opportunities in the Niger Delta region, and in Nigeria – in Health, Environment, Youth Entrepreneurship and Education, KTI is leading a strong network of individuals and communities in the region to promote, lead and/or support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed conventions that promote health, rights & well-being of people. Beyond these, KTI envisions a society where individuals mutually support each other and live life together as friends and confidants by extending knowledge, empowerment, justice and dignity in the lives of individuals.
KNIT TOGETHER expects that project Tear Down Barriers for Adolescents and Youth SRHR will help to slow down the fast growing statistics on unsafe sexual behavior resulting to poor reproductive health outcome such as teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS among adolescents and youth the Niger Delta region. This project is being implemented in collaboration with TEENS CAN CODE, a tech nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers through technology. Also, this project focus on integration and use of innovative technology as tools for social impact in SRHR and HIV/AIDS advocacy as evidenced in the Generation Now global campaign. Key activities to be implemented are training of adolescents and youth advocates on FLHE curriculum, SRHR+HIV/AIDS advocacy; social media outreach; advocacy to relevant ministries for review and implementation of the Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum in Rivers state including mentorship support for tech soft skills’ development in workplace for participants as part of youth entrepreneurship development and project integration model by USAID.
Knit Together Initiative (KTI) is committed to continuous empowerment of young people in the region – to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and prepare them for life ahead in the fast-paced changing world.
KTI Program Advisor