Schools gather at Kisii High School for the region’s Straight Talk students Summit on SRHR and HIV/AIDS

By Dan Halliwa – School Outreaches, Straight Talk Foundation

Madonah Syombua  Lead facilitator started by introducing the LVCT and Straight Talk team and thanking all the five schools from the Western region for participating. There was an exciting session of songs, dance, role play and skits with SRHR  and HIV/AIDS Messages

She then took the participants through a group counseling process where she highlighted the importance of sex education.

She started by asking the students to define <span “font-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:arial;color:#009dfe”=””>peer education.

A ‘peer’ is one that is of<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> equal standing with another;<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> one belonging to the same societ<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>al group especially based on age, grade, or status. Thus, the term ‘peer education'<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> would indicate a process whereby those of the same socie<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>tal group or social standing are educating each other. Peer<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> education is used to a<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.25pt”=””>ffect changes in knowledge, attitude, beliefs and behaviors at the individual level. She continued by adding that peer education can <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>take place on a<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> street corner, in a social club, in a bar, on school grounds, in a home, in a church, at a<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> bus station, in a factor<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.7pt”=””>y, on a farm or any other place where people feel comfortable. Peer education is not intended to be an isolated intervention; it is intended to be one important part of a comprehensive co-ordinate effort to help lead adolescents towards making their own wise and responsible<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> decisions. Hence, it is rarely used<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> alone, but is one component<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> of a broader strategy.

The session being interactive, students were asked to give issues affecting them as young people and they noted a number of challenges

Issues affecting young people:

  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Mismanagement of time
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Family problems
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Poverty rejection
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Modern Technology
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Lack of role models
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Low self esteem
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Addiction to sex
  •  Relationships
  • Adolescence
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Cyber space
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Exam fever
  • <span “font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-language:=”” en-gb”=””>Drugs

With the students identifying the issues that affects them, it was decided that young people were bound to make their own decisions and that young people are the leaders of tomorrow. As part of life skills training, students also agreed on ways of helping each other as young people that so that they all can achieve success together;

  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>Sharin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black”=””>g information<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.3pt”=””> or knowledge.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;color:black;position:relative;=”” top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.15pt”=””>Motivatin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g each other to do certain things.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.15pt”=””>Givin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g encouragement<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””> and emotional support.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>Bein<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g attentive and<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.15pt”=””> making one feel important.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>Givin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g material things.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.2pt”=””>Bein<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g a companion.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.15pt”=””>Sharing<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:.25pt”=””> <span “font-family:=”” “book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;=”” position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:-.15pt”=””>happines<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>s together.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>Bein<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g a role model (someone you want to behave like).
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>Teachin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g social skills.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>Helpin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black”=””>g to do things at home or at work.
  •  <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””>Introducin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g new people and friends.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””>Helpin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g convince parents when one wants to tell or do something.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””>Introducin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g one to a new behavior.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;letter-spacing:-.15pt”=””>Warnin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black”=””>g one against doing something wrong.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;color:black;position:relative;=”” top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:1.85pt”=””><span “font-family:=”” “book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;=”” position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:-.05pt”=””>Praisin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g ones good qualities.
  • <span “font-family:wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:wingdings;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:wingdings;color:black”=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>Lookin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;color:black;position:relative;top:-.5pt;=”” mso-text-raise:.5pt”=””>g after one in times of illness

In most <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>societies, young people often find <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>it difficult to obtain clear <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>and correct information on issues that <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>concern them such as sex, <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>sexuality, substance use, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and STIs.

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” letter-spacing:-.05pt”=””>Thi<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>s happens for many reasons: soci<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.8pt”=””>o-cultural norms and taboos, <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>economic deprivation or lack of access to information. Many times, information is available but<span “letter-spacing:=”” 2.2pt”=””> it <span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” letter-spacing:-.05pt”=””>ma<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>y be given in a manner that is authoritarian, Judgmental, or non-adapted to<span “letter-spacing:=”” .35pt”=””> the Young people’s values, viewpoints and<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””> lifestyle.

Remarks – Irene Moraa- Trainer – LVCT The facilitator started by explaining what LVCT stands for and what it has done in the past years and its efforts on helping young people. She also said that the organization in partnership with Safaricom has a free toll call number (1190) which the young people can call anytime and ask any question and that LVCT is a friendly organization to everyone. After her remarks she gave out the toll numbers and welcomed <span “font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>Joshua Sheveki our partners from LVCT/One2one Youth Hotline took the students through a HIV/AIDs information and sexuality.

<span “font-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>Peer education works very well for students and young people.  Sharing a conversation on HIV/AIDS with people of the same age or social group makes for a relaxed learning <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>environment. “Young people feel <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>free to ask questions on <span “position:relative;=”” top:-.5pt;mso-text-raise:.5pt;letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>taboo subjects, such as sex and men who have sex with men “Joshua said.

Joshua then took the moment to invite Dorcas Kawira, a 23 yrs Moi University Law student living with HIV/AIDs to talk to the students.<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>Straight Talk’s Dorcas Kawira started by sharing her experience revealing that she is living positively and that talking about it has helped her reduce the stigma and emotional stress. She also explained that she was born positive and has accepted it. Her mother passed on when she was six years old.  She urged the students to be safe, act responsible, make wise decision, know who their peers are and take time in decision making. Students wanted to know if she has a boyfriend.  She yes<span “font-size:10.5pt;line-height:=”” 150%;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>                                      <span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>

After Kawira’s motivational talk Joshua took the students through a brief on the expert medical aspect of HIV/AIDs information and asked the students to ask any private questions.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS ASKED.

The students asked many questions all were well answered by here are samples of few

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:arial;=”” color:black”=””>“What are the after effects of using E- pills?”<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:arial;=”” color:black”=””>   (Unknown)

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:arial;=”” color:black”=””>“I don’t think clubbing ni mbaya if unaenda dude, hutumii drugs wala kuvybe”<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:arial;=”” color:black”=””> (Unknown)

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:arial;=”” color:black”=””>“If I kiss deep an infected person will I get infected?” (Unkown)

“I had sex with my girl friend she called the other day and said her private parts are itchy and that her periods are late, can she be pregnant or is she having an STI and should I go to the clinic”  (Unknown)

“I have a problem am in love with my girlfriend and I can’t even concentrate in school please help”     (Unknown)

“I did something bad which caused my parents 9500 up to now I feel sad since I cant make them understand, please help me”   (Unknown)

“Is having sex with the opposite sex wrong?”  (Unknown)

“Please help me I have a masturbating problem”  (Unknown)

<span “mso-bookmark:=”” _toc348962705″=””><span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:arial;color:black”=””>RECOMMENDATION<span “font-size:11.0pt;=”” line-height:115%;font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:arial;color:black”=””> <span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>Counseling<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””> – Continuous <span “letter-spacing:=”” 1.65pt”=””> <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>sessions  of  counseling <span “letter-spacing:=”” 1.65pt”=””> <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>will  help  to  improve c<span “letter-spacing:=”” -.15pt”=””>ommunication  patterns,  family  and  interpersonal  relations, sel<span “letter-spacing:=”” .3pt”=””>f-confidence and sel<span “letter-spacing:=”” .65pt”=””>f-respect.

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;letter-spacing:-.05pt”=””>Trainin<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>g –    Is very effective for skill development and education.  It increases motivation and self-respect.

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>One-to -one Education Personal and individual education are of prime importance in equipping <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””>the peer educators <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.05pt”=””>with information on sexual health <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>and related matters. (straight talk clubs Patrons)

Exposure visits – These   are   highly   useful   for   refreshing   and   developing relationships, motivation, cohesion, “we feelings” <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>and pride in one’s work.

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua”;=”” letter-spacing:-.1pt”=””>Social Contacts – Peer educators <span “letter-spacing:=”” .45pt”=””> to <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>make sure they get  contacts  when  they  are involved <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>in the advocacy process. This <span “letter-spacing:=”” -.1pt”=””>increases their motivation and commitment.

<span “font-family:”book=”” antiqua”,serif;=”” mso-bidi-font-family:”book=”” antiqua””=””>Participation- <span “mso-tab-count:=”” 1″=””> Participation in the planning and evaluation of their work in different schools

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