OPEN MIND OPEN DOOR- A LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR ADOLESCENT:
From 2012, Sanjog Bangladesh implements life skills trainings to 1500 adolescents, mostly school drop outs, vulnerable to early marriage, migration for domestic labour and trafficking for prostitution. The training builds their awareness and knowledge on health, enforces positive attitudes towards themselves, their peers, families and communities and strengthens their coping skills to changing environments, emotional challenges of adolescence and stress.
The program aimed at building skills in negotiation and become wilful, active and engaged socio-political actors instead of remaining passive recipients of decisions, resentful and reactive to power holders/ duty bearers, ultimately taking to violence and harm towards self and others.
It involves a series of training workshops with community based organizations, schools & children/ youth groups to enable adolescents to cope with their daily challenges, handle internal changes brought about by the adolescent age, adapt to changing environments, protect themselves from violation of their rights and challenge systems that encourage such violations.
CONTENT & LOGIC OF THE PROGRAMME:
INTERVENTION BELIEFS, STRATEGIES AND DESIGN:
Life skills education empowers and teaches an individual to develop a sense of self and optimism, care for their emotional and physiological health, build skills in interpersonal relationships, learn to work in groups and collectives and finally to bring about positive changes in their own lives and lives of their peers/ communities/ nations. The 4 phased programs will be executed by 12 months with the following schedule:
Phase-1: Group formation and collective building
Phase-2 : STEPPING STONES- A training on sexuality
Phase-3: Conscientisation:[i] the Reflection-Action process
Phase-4: Becoming social actors, gaining a common voice
MODULE: STEPPING STONES:
Stepping Stones recognises that our sexual relationships always lie within a broader context of our relationship with our sexual partners, our families and the community or society in which we live. These influences often substantially determine how we behave. We often have knowledge that we should make changes in our lives e.g. using condoms, but are not able to do so because we do not communicate well with our partner, or we fear violence or abandonment, or we think our culture or religion does not allow us to. Sometimes we try to say what we want but are not listened to.
STEPPING STONES -The training module deliver to build skills on managing relationships, communication, assertion, negotiation, problem solving, decision making, coping and self-management. The module compiled with 5 sections with following tools:
- Section-1: Let’s communicate (To help a develop skills of listening, analysis of communication, negotiation and refusal, build empathy, cooperation and team work):
- Section-2: Our Perception, prejudice and options (to make participants recognize how much perception and prejudice influence our judgment to ourselves and others and develop skills of challenge the judgments with different possible future strategies):
- Section-3: Let’s look deeper(to develop skills of critical thinking and decision making):
- Section-4: Let’s assert and support ourselves(to develop more assertiveness and find new skills to change the ways in which we behave):
- Section-5: Let’s change and work together (to develop skills of relationship, self-management and understanding between peers, partners):