DESERVE’S KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2016 IN THE DOMAIN OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH

As quoted in the ‘Advocating for Change for Adolescents! A Practical Toolkit for Young People to Advocate for Improved Adolescent Health and Well-being’ (May 2017 p. 63) published by Partnership for Maternal, Newborn Child Health (PMNCH) and Women Deliver:

‘Deserve Cameroon organized seven workshops for young people to: identify key points for CSE in the national guidance/counselling terms of reference; review the CSE syllabus for secondary schools; design communication tools for advocacy; and write advocacy letters to top officials in the Ministry of Secondary Education.

Additionally, 31 school counsellors were directly trained in the principles of CSE.

Media outreach, including one radio and one television appearance, one magazine publication and one online publication, increased awareness of the project and the need for high quality CSE.

Futhermore, 25 government officials, including from the Ministry of Secondary Education, committed to supporting the project’s recommendations to include CSE in the school curriculum.

Through this project Deserve Cameroon has developed new partnerships that can increase access to CSE in future. For example, the National Chief of the Guidance/Counselling Unit of the Ministry of Secondary Education has pledged to facilitate a meeting between the project stakeholders and key officials in charge of guidance/counselling in the Ministry of Secondary Education. And Deserve Cameroon is seeking to develop a strong partnership with the Ministry of Secondary Education to train more school counsellors and increase access to high quality CSE curricula.’

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