Birds and the Bees
Deaf Young People’s Consultation
Uganda, April 2017
Deaf Child Worldwide is working in partnership with Sign Health Uganda and Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) to develop the Birds and the Bees project. The project will use a peer educator approach to teach deaf young people about issues such as sexual and reproductive health, so that they in turn can give advice, counselling and training to other deaf young people.
The project will give young deaf peer leaders training in communication skills, confidence and leadership, as well as extensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information so that they can establish youth groups and networks in their communities and reach other deaf young people (DYP) to provide advice and support.
This report summarises consultation activities held with deaf young people during April 2017 to explore their knowledge of SRH, and their experiences of accessing information and support, in order to influence the development of this project and ensure that it is designed in the way that DYP feel is effective and accessible.
The consultation involved the delivery of full day focus groups with DYP in three different locations; Kampala, Masaka and Jinja. The activities were designed to be accessible and engaging to DYP who have low literacy skills and minimal or no experience of being involved in consultation, and provided an opportunity for those who took part to confidently share their experiences and opinions. The session elicited interesting discussions about how DYP access information, where their gaps in sexual health information are, and what issues they feel most strongly about. Participants were also given the opportunity to create plans for how they felt a SRH project for deaf young people should run, and how best to engage with their deaf peers. The results of the consultation and the recommendations made by the young people involved are contained in this report.
The focus groups were each held for a full day, running from 10 am – 4 pm. Overall 34 DYP (15 male, 19 female) aged between 16 and 29 yrs took part in the consultations.
Information from the consultation was gathered by note taking, photography and film, and by collecting the young people’s activity sheets at the end of each session.
Read about the barriers of Sexual Reproductive Health Information from the report attached.
CHANGES IN LIVES OF DEAF CHILDREN/ YOUNG PEOPLE
Increased awareness & access to services
- Over 80% of children in project areas retained in school
- 48 ( F23 DYP, M25) trained as peer educators
- 929 (F352, M577) deaf boys and girls too part in peer led rights training
- 718 Family members received basic deaf awareness & communication training
- 228 Teachers trained deafness and managing HICs
- 274 Health workers received basic communication training
- Increased community ownership & Leadership
Read more from the report; SU experience on working with DYP 2018
ACT (Awareness and Communication Training) for West Nile, Uganda
This report provides an overview of the project area and main activities carried out during the second year of the Awareness and Communication Training (ACT) project, areas of progress, challenges, lessons learned and proposed interventions for the following year.
This project aims at increasing access to education, improve retention and academic achievements for deaf and hearing impaired children and challenge negative cultural stereotypes regarding deafness and disability.
All the nine districts of West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Yumbe and Zombo) as covered by the project, continue to be among the most hard to reach areas of the country with very limited access to services by both government and non-state actors. The population continues to grapple with conditions of poverty, ignorance and disease with very limited support from development partners who consider these areas too hard to reach. With the limited back up from government and other development actors, families continue to mainly focus on immediate survival needs with little awareness and attention to issues of disability and vulnerability which are, at most, viewed with stigma.
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IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF HEALTH, HIV, EDUCATION RIGHTS AND CHOICE FOR DEAF PEOPLE IN UGANDA”-GREATER MASAKA AND ARUA DISTRICTS
This is a final evaluation report of the“Improved knowledge and awareness of health, HIV, education rights and choices for deaf people in Uganda” project implemented in 2015-2018 in Greater Masaka (Central Uganda) and Arua (Northern Uganda). The project focused on peer support training to empower deaf children and young people with improved communication, self-worth, access to rights-based information (education and HIV/AIDS) and engagement with advocacy networks. The project worked directly with the children, young people, their families, community leaders, teachers and local and national stakeholders. The primary objective was to evaluate project relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability and learning of the project. i.e. the extent to which Signal achieved its project goal and objectives. In light of this, the evaluation assessed implementation since its inception, focusing on what can be learned from Signal’s approach and which direction(s) future programming on deafness and rights might pursue.
Signal, UK in partnership with Signhealth Uganda implemented a 36-month, UK AID-funded project, “Improved knowledge and awareness of health, HIV, education rights and choices for deaf people in Uganda”. The project focused on peer support training to empower deaf children and young people with improved communication, self-worth, access to rights-based information (education and HIV/AIDS) and engagement with advocacy networks. The project worked directly with the children, young people, their families, community leaders, teachers and local and national stakeholders.
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