Nakornsawan field visit report

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A Study Visit and a Workshop on Learning Exchange on Sexuality Education in Schools

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  • One percent of the government budget was allocated for the Sexuality Education project as counterpartFrom 9 schools initially and expanding to 19 schools. Plans to cover the rest of the schools (out of the total 59 schools)
  • One percent of the government budget was allocated for the Sexuality Education project as counterpartFrom 9 schools initially and expanding to 19 schools. Plans to cover the rest of the schools (out of the total 59 schools)
  • One percent of the government budget was allocated for the Sexuality Education project as counterpartFrom 9 schools initially and expanding to 19 schools. Plans to cover the rest of the schools (out of the total 59 schools)
  • Nakornsawan field visit report

    1. 1. FIELD VISIT REPORT<br />Nakornsawan-Utaradit<br />15-16 June 2011<br />
    2. 2. Places Visited<br />15 June (Wed)<br />Nakornsawan Public Health Provincial Office/Meeting with HIV/AIDS Provincial Coordinating Mechanism<br />Thepsala Prachasan School (Grade 11)<br />Lovecare Clinic<br />LoveCare outreach activity at the sports park<br />
    3. 3. Places Visited<br />16 June (Thu)<br />Nongkrodpittaya School (Grade 12)<br />Chumchoon Baan Nam Wing School (Grade 9)<br />
    4. 4. Findings and Observations<br />PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT<br />Very supportive provincial government units (public health and education offices are working together to support the schools in terms of funding and technical guidance)<br />Preparation for SE implementation took three years to ensure capacity building of teachers and establishment of networks <br />Provincial initiatives as direct response to youth sexuality issues e.g. high teenage pregnancy, increasing cases of STDs <br />Good mechanism for multi-stakeholder coordination (PCM)<br />
    5. 5. Findings and Observations<br />PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT<br />PATH initiative has complemented and built on the pre-existing projects of the Thaksin Government <br />More opportunities for youth participation in the PCM and the local Sexuality Education Network<br />No formal evaluation system set up yet but teachers initiate assessment based on the students’ behavior change in terms of decreasing teenage pregnancy cases and increasing participation <br />
    6. 6. Findings and Observations<br />SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS<br /><ul><li>Need for more understanding of the sexuality education lessons delivered for each grade level i.e. sequencing, coverage, connection between topics
    7. 7. Issues raised by the teachers: SE as an additional workload, lack of confidence in teaching SE topics, fast turnover of teachers (continuity/sustainability may become a challenge)
    8. 8. Capacity-building efforts for teachers through Master Training and Coaching System already initiated and currently expanding
    9. 9. Gender equality issues in delivering SE in schools in terms of number of male teachers and participation of male students in class</li></li></ul><li>LoveCare Services<br /><ul><li>Integration of LoveCare services into regular/private clinics is seen as a potentially effective model
    10. 10. Number of youth clients usually increase during the school season; Most of the clients are students
    11. 11. Almost the same number of male and female clients accessing the services
    12. 12. Free services covered under social health insurance of youth clients: STD and HIV testing and treatment, pap smear, birth spacing commodities i.e. pills and condoms (for clients 15 years old and above)
    13. 13. Counseling of clients is within the context of the medical procedure; No designated area for counseling
    14. 14. No specific training of clinic personnel for handling MSM and other special cases
    15. 15. Young people finding out about the services mainly through word of mouth
    16. 16. Couple treatment approach for STDs employed but there is the challenge of bringing in partners of female clients
    17. 17. Referral and case reporting system are being implemented by the clinic </li>

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