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COMPREHENSIVE AGE-APPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION

In 2015 we focused on consolidating the Relationship Education Programme at S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia. The school has now owned the programme and have employed full time  instructors to continue development and implementation of the Sound Mind Sound Body curriculum which is based on the ethos and values of the school. The recently published (2015) Plan International Report “We Want to Learn About Good Love”: Findings from a Qualitative Study Assessing the Links between Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Violence against Women and Girls reinforces the approach at S. Thomas’ College –

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) – including learning about relationships, gender and gender-based violence (GBV), sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) – can empower young people to make informed, autonomous decisions regarding their current and future relationships. pg5

In 2015 we also began working on The Methodist College (For Girls) Relationship Education Programme. The necessarily distinct gender sensitive approaches at each school will further lend evidence to the need for a wider programme across Sri Lanka, which is age-appropriate and culturally relevant.

In addition our online portal in Sinhala, Tamil and English, Bakamoono: Relationship Education Online approached completion. This interactive site will contain comprehensive information on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and relationships. Videos produced by our Cutting Room Floor team, along with online non-judgmental medical expertise which will make this a safe space for those with questions that are sometimes extremely difficult to ask, let alone find an answer.

GENDER 

In 2015 we partnered with John Keells Foundation (JKF) to conduct Gender Sensitivity training workshops for sectors of their staff. This included a reintroduction of the John Keells Holdings Sexual Harassment Policy and Reporting Mechanism. We also partnered with JKF to train their volunteers on theatre based interventions during Gender Sensitivity workshops.

V Day 2015: Our Stories Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls was also a success. We requested submissions from the public and based our scripts on their stories. The response from the audience and the reviews were encouraging.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & CYBER EXPLOITATION & VIOLENCE

In May 2015 we received information on what resulted in a National Task Force on Cyber exploitation & Violence (CEV) being set up by the National Child Protection Authority. Since then Grassrooted has been working with NCPA on developing prevention strategies and campaigns, and also with the Solicitor General’s office to review existing legislation and suggest reform. Grassrooted also worked with the Diocese of Colombo to implement CEV Prevention and Awareness programmes in selected Diocesan and Christian schools based in Colombo for both parents and students.

In 2015 Grassrooted also conducted a Skills Development & Road Map Workshop on Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse for the Department of Probation and Child Care Services in partnership with the Prevention of Child Abuse Trust of the National Development Bank Sri Lanka. 30 Child Rights Protection Officers (CRPOs) were specially selected from a resource pool of over 300 CRPOs across the country, based on an assessment conducted by the Department. Objectives for the programme were identified through a Need Analysis conducted by the Department and further discussion between Department Officials and the Resource Team.

HIV

In 2015 Grassrooted worked with the Master Trainers and HIV Champions  of John Keells Holdings in a two day programme on updating existing knowledge and skills on HIV prevention, and awareness.

Grassrooted also continued to work extremely closely with the Positive Hopes Alliance, helping build capacity, especially in terms of resource building, good governance and developing a road map for the organization with the objective of becoming independent from donor agendas.

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