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CIP-NG

ADOLESCENTS PROJECT

Sub-Grantee: Project Title:

Jamaica Family Planning Association

Young Adolescents EmpowermentProject

Status Updote: FamPlan is currently serving 706 adolescents (481 in-school

and 225 out-of-school).

The in-school program is delivered a t 5

schools. 3 in St,Ann and 2 in Annotto Bay in 3.Mary. There has been and increase of 115 clients added t o the register in the

last quarter.

FamPian held a iwo-day workshop for CommunrW Leaders and Peer Educators In January, and covered the topics of Community Development. Sexual Abuse. Sex and SexuollW (including the reprodu&e systems. and sexually tronsmi.tted Infections), Pre % Post Natal Care. Domestic Violence, and Better Parenting, The workshop was attended by participants

from Mansfield Heights Mount Edgecombe. Steer Town and Seville Heights In St. Ann, and from Retreat Contenr in St.

Mary.

In oddition t o FamPian stoff, resource persons were aiso

drawn from Social Development Commission. Police Rape investigating Unit, and Jamaica ADS Supporn (JAS).

The Homework program In Annutto Bay has been started. with 18 Grode 6 children parricipoting 2 evenings per week. Classes are heid a t the JAS office. and a HEPRT trainee teacher provides additional support t o FamPlan staff. A parenting class is naw being conducted a t the Annotto Bay Health Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings conducted by FamPian staff. Those attending these sessions have included 13 recent teenage mothers. Fam Plan hopes t o obtain assistance from the business community in St. Mary for a cammunhy skills training program in Annotto Bay. HEART Is expected t o provide staff for this venture.

Sixteen per educators have completed their troining in St. Mary. Nineteen other youih have commenced training a t the Gospel Chapel Educanonai Centre. In addition, a presentation on ADS during Safe Sex Week attracted 39 Grode 9 students from Annotto Bay All Age.

School sessions continue t o progress satisfactorily in general. However, a t ExchangeAi Age, the s h i i sessions hove offected the program. The afrernaon s h i is parricularly affected, as some odoiescenrs come late t o school, and others feel stigmatized that only 'dunce' children attend the FomPlan sessions. I t is disappointlng t o note the number of non-readers in Grode 9 ot this school.

Quarterly Report Status Sammary

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