To normalize sexuality, create a conducive environment for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) practice to adolescent boys and girls, YPSA – Sukhi Jibon project organized debate and quiz competitions at the 14 schools in Chattogram.
YPSA-Sukhi Jibon project started on 1st June 2021. It has been performing school-based activities since the inception of the project. Hence, it formed adolescent clubs consisting of students and teacher in each school and trained them regarding sexual and reproductive health and community engagement.
The debate and quiz competition are among the activities where the participants debated on “Role of school is more important than that of family regarding adolescent health consciousness”. Besides, a quiz competition was held after the debate where 10 RSH related questions were thrown to the students. The debaters and quiz competitors were provided learning materials as the prize.
The schools are Banshkhali Govt. Girls High School, Chambal High School, Mohammad Nagar HKC High School, Starlit Grammar School, Panchari Bazar High School, Logang Bazar High School, Armed Police Battalion High School, Thakurchara Golabari High School, Khagrachari Adarsha High School, Tarabuni Junior High School, Nailachari High School, Omda Miah Hill Municipality Junior High School, Voayallya Junior High School, and Shapchori High School.
The Head Teacher of Banshkhali Govt. Girls High School Mr. Monotosh Das asserted that “It is a matter of pride that our students have debated on such a crucial topic. It will increase their analytical capacity to resolve any social problem. I am thankful to YPSA-Sukhi Jibon project staffs for arranging this event.”
The program manager Sabuj Chakma added that “We observed that, the SRH behaviors of adolescent boys and girls have improved significantly after school-based intervention. The debate and quiz competition have added another dimension in this approach.”
The YPSA-Sukhi Jibon project works in six areas of Chattogram district in partnership with Pathfinder International, funded by USAID. The project aims at expanding SRH knowledge, practice, skills, attitude and rights to community people in Bangladesh.