OPRE! A Life Skills, Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Workshop for Roma Teenagers in Macedonia [closed]

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The Roma minority constitutes Europe’s largest and most disadvantaged ethnic one. A substantial segment of this population resides in South-Eastern Europe, struggling on an everyday basis with a complex web of problems and predicaments. Difficulties galore in all spheres of daily living, restraining the Roma from reaching their fullest potential for development, and compromising their equal treatment and access to services in sectors of education, employment, health and housing. In Macedonia, Roma are estimated to comprise 10.4% of the aggregate national population, which, in terms of proportion is the highest in any given European country. In absolute numbers, this number amounts to approximately 218,400 much more than the official count of Roma available in Macedonia from the last national census held in 2002, which estimated 53,870 Roma in the country

Project Lifetime
May – October 2014

Objectives

  • To empower adolescents to make informed and safe choices related to growing up in the short run, and reproductive and sexual health in the long run
  • Capacitating them for a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • To enable adolescents to develop life skills, such as empathy, self awareness, interpersonal relationships, effective communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and decision making, coping with stress
  • To facilitate maturation amongst adolescents so that they grow into healthy and confident adults
  • To create awareness about HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and other reproductive health complications, and promote safe sexual behaviours amongst youth
  • To make adolescents critically and creatively think and evaluate their problems
  • To provide unconditional positive regard to adolescents and create spaces within which they can express their thoughts and feelings

Activities

  • Presentation of the final project to stakeholders
  • The project manager and the trainer/consultant will visit the schools where Roma students study in order to introduce them the program and encourage them to apply
  • Materials development for the workshops (July-August, 2014).
  • Workshop preparation and selection of participants (August 2014)
  • Two workshops (with a group of boys and a group of girls)
  • A closing event with participation of stakeholders, participants, and media where the experiences gained and lessons learned is presented. (1st week of October, 2014).

Partners
ZIP institute

Financing
The Swiss National Youth Council SNYC

Budget
About 10’000 CHF