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ACHIEVING COMMUNITY CHANGE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Creating change in a community is shifting or transforming a community from current state to a desired future state. In creating change the quality of life of the community must be understood as the aim of the change is to enhance the quality of life through a collaboration research and action.
In other to have a voice for collaboration with my community I joined an NGO (Business and Professional Women (BPW) which is a network of women. The NGO comprises of Business Women, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, Lawyers, IT Consultants, Lecturers and other Professions.
Our goal of making changes in our community encourage us to initiate the Child Sexual Abuse project in secondary schools and the Human Capacity Development project for members by having a fifteen minutes health and development talk at all our meetings.
Objectives :
1. To pass down extensive knowledge in sex education to young girls and boys.
2. To reduce the incidence of rape cases, sexual abuse, incest, unwanted pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases of young girls.
3. To broaden their knowledge on the dangers of premature exposure to sex to their future.
4. To increase the overall self esteem.
The national implementation of this project will make the youths to contribute their full social and economic potential as they need the right knowledge and skills to make the right choices about when to have sex and how to protect themselves from infection, unwanted pregnancies and to achieve positive behavior.
Challenges and Barriers:
• Getting the program started,
• Keeping the program going,
• Scaling the program from small pilot project to the national level,
• Making the program effective at the level of individual student or school,
• Some teachers and school administrators find sexuality education personally an objection due to lack of sufficient understanding and refuse to go along with the program.
• The family health education that is in place does not give students information on sexual practice in large partly because of strong resistance from parent and religious leaders.
• Political leaders are reluctant to risk a religious backslash by openly supporting sexuality education.
Solutions:
i. Allaying the fear of the community leaders and parents by mobilizing support for the program through the demonstration of the magnitude of youth health problems.
ii. Enlisting the support of traditional leaders and religious leaders.
iii. Open communication through media and a more personal level.
iv. Involvement of caring adult such as teachers, parent and other.
v. Mobilizing the community.
vi. Applying gradual approach to area of controversy.
vii. Creating advocacy with Government.
viii. Involving girls and boys in the advocacy
ix. Mass education of women and youth in IT literacy
Therefore, the most important of these listed solutions is the IT literacy which gives the women and youth the power to become part of the global village and access the latest information on social media such as Pulse Wire, Facebook and others. This helps to remove the taboo from discussing youth sexuality and can provide information, redefine social norms and change attititudes and behaviors

Comments

amiesissoho's picture

You've got the list

You've got the list. continue to push to get the solutions working and change will come in different ways.

Amie

sunbo55's picture

Thank you

Thank you Amie.

Anne D.'s picture

Thorough and thoughtful

Very thorough and thoughtful essay. What you said about the “aim of change is to enhance the quality of life through collaboration” really spoke to me. You have the right approach—enlisting the support and involvement of leaders, teachers, parents. etc.—and the energy to make this happen. I like the IT literacy component too.

sunbo55's picture

Thank you

Thank you for your comments.

mvmagellan's picture

The need to get the community

The need to get the community on board with sometimes controversial topics is so important. This requires creative thinking and innovative local approaches. I would be interested to hear more about what has been successful already.

Mary

sunbo55's picture

Sex Education project.

We were able to talk 2000girls and also supported by by two companies, Nestles Nigeria Plc. And De United Foods . You can view the report and pictures of the event on our website (www.bpwnigeria.org)

sunbo55's picture

Getting the comunity on board

Mary i agree with you . We have already presented the project in two schools in Lagos. I am happy to inform you that a big secondary school in Ogun state has invited us to come and speak to 2000girls tomorrow. i will send you a copy of our report and pictures.

this is a terrific idea and you have a good sense of the challenges- I think your challenge: 'Making the program effective at the level of individual student or school' is a particularly relevant one for benefiting from the use of social networks and the opportunities World Pulse can offer. I'd like to hear more on that and will be watching eagerly to see how you can draw on the curiosity of youth by using IT solutions.

sunbo55's picture

Youth Sexual Abuse Project

Dear Cate Morris,

We were able to talk 2000girls and also supported by by two companies, Nestles Nigeria Plc. And De United Foods . You can view the report and pictures of the event on our website (www.bpwnigeria.org)

cate morriss's picture

RE: Youth Sexual Abuse Project

This is a great outcome - the work is reaching so many and the areas for discussion that are being covered in the program are both practical and critically important for young girls and indeed for many women. Thank you for the updates - its very interesting to follow how your program progresses.

kind regards to you and to the members of BPW,
Cate

sunbo55's picture

Thank you

Thank you for your comment.

sunbo55's picture

Curiosity of youth

Cate this morning we were a able to introduce the child sexual abuse project to about 2000 girls. The talk was a participatory one and the student where so exited and when they asked questions and were jotted down what they had we were ver happy.. We used projector, labtop, amplifier and some graphics and power point during the lecture . These IT solutions realy enhanced the delivery and understanding of the project.

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