After 4 years of delivery, VAP’s programme’s team identified that SKILLZ Kenya, the in-school, sport-based HIV prevention curriculum targeting 11-19 year olds, was out of date and too broad for the target audience. To respond to this problem, VAP collaborated with Grassroot Soccer (GRS) to review and revise SKILLZ Kenya, making two new curricula: a curriculum targeting primary school age groups (9-14), called SKILLZ Core and a curriculum targeting secondary school age groups (15-22), called SKILLZ Mtaani. These two new curricula are tailored to the specific age groups, providing sessions that are relevant to what the youths are facing in their everyday lives (e.g. SKILLZ Mtaani tackles intimate partner violence and relationships with the secondary school participants).
Through October and November 2013, VAP field-tested new curriculum content for SKILLZ Core and SKILLZ Mtaani. In early December 2013, Jamison Merrill, GRS’ Curriculum Development Manager, delivered a 3-day Curriculum Development Workshop to receive feedback on content for SKILLZ Core and SKILLZ Mtaani from a variety of local stakeholders, including VAP Coaches and partners. GRS and VAP will finalize the curriculum by mid-January 2014, before the next school year begins.
On 22nd November 2013, CREA a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, India organized a one day open forum in Nairobi under the theme of: Inspiring to Aspire: Encouraging Young Women to seize Leadership Opportunities.CREA works with the grassroots, national and international levels together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movement and networks. It also works to advance the rights of women and girls and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people advocating for positive social change through national and international fora providing training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its institutes. The forum was attended by VAP’s Mrembo program representatives who also networked and exchanged knowledge with various attendees amongst them Kenyan women members of parliament, senators and country representatives who gave their personal insights regarding issues facing girl child and women as a whole.
On 24th-25th October, a sensitization on monitoring and evaluation workshop was organized under the auspices of Nairobi Brain Trust Network. The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacities of the network members on rightful knowledge, skills and techniques of assessing program activities they implement together with monitoring their programs’ effectively to the best ways of attaining the best results for the benefit of the communities they serve. Apart from building skills on M+E, the workshop was set to plan and design how it is going to conduct a baseline survey exercise that will cover the whole of Nairobi County on the context of Adolescent Girls Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights with the result going to be considered a county wide study of ASRHR. VAP being a key member of the network was represented by its M&E gurus(Maestro): Bonface Kwasi and Anne Nduku who had a lot to share with the network based on their vast experiences. The Nairobi Brain Trust is a network of Nairobi based Adolescent girls serving programs, projects or organization with a truly holistic and integrated approach to adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming where VAP through its Mrembo program fits the bill.