Complete sexual abstinence is the most effective means of protection against both pregnancy and STIs. Research seems to confirm that abstinence messages work best when aimed at younger youth who are not yet sexually active.
For adolescents to successfully practice abstinence, they need to develop specific skills, to include self-control and communication; they need a high degree of motivation; and require strong social support from family and community members. Research data also suggests that adolescents need a safe environment created by adults, in which they can make decisions free from the pressure or fear of coerced sex. Because of the community involvement that has been proven to make abstinence in youth more successful, Level 1 requires a compulsory session for parents, guardians, teachers, religious and community leaders, and others who are closely associated with the youth in the programme.
This programme is designed to focus on preparing youth to handle pressure and successfully say no to sex.
At the end of the workshop youths will:
16 Half Day Sessions (2.5 hours per half day)