This August, the IDH organized its 17th annual ExpoSida/ExpoVida, hosting approximately 25,000 students in five days, in conjunction with the Department of Education in Cochabamba, .
This year, the central theme was “Abre los ojos” (“Open your eyes”) with respect to the prevention of violence in romantic relationships and was well-received by attendees.
Other themes were presented in an interactive contest format and addressed a wide range of topics:
This event was an opportunity to reinforce the in-depth knowledge that these students have already gained from their teachers, trained by IDH’s very own prevention team.
The mayoralty of Cochabamba recognized the pedagogical benefit of this event and awarded the IDH the “Manuela Gandarillas” prize for its contribution to the promotion of human and social development in Bolivia.
This year, we formed a new prevention team, consisting of 50 young volunteers working with the theme of sexual violence, in order to reach out and spread information to their peers.
Following the training, the team at IDH followed up with the youth volunteers on their activities in their communities, neighborhoods, universities, families, churches, etc.
As of now, 30 volunteers have reached out to 200 people with information on how to prevent sexual violence.
Thanks to the donnors, we can go on with this project and spread information throughout the population.
Each time we speak of this topic with the young people, there is at least one person of the audience who comes to us afterwards to share what she has suffered in terms of sexual violence.
We also know that many cases have been reported at the Youth Protection Service after our talk at the school.
Again this year we carried out the training of teachers on the theme, “Prevention of sexual violence against children and adolescents”.
In Quillacollo we trained 20 teachers, using interactive materials and methods, to be prepared to speak of this topic with their students without fear. Each teacher will repeat the information with al least two classes of 40 studients each one.
During the training the teachers were able to use same supporting materials that they will distribute as they introduce the theme to their students in their own classrooms.
We thank to all our donnors to be able to realise theses activities.
The 2013 annual campaign of the Institute for Human Development, “BEWARE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE” was created and disseminated throughout the year to reinforce our activities with students and the general population.
During the year, we have taken part in prevention fairs, in public plazas, neighborhoods, schools and exhibitions.
Various materials have been created, such as 3 short resources to prevent situations that can lead to sexual violence, posters, bulletins, etc.
To reinforce the impact of the campaign, we decided to use the same motto as the central theme of ExpoVida, BEWARE of sexual violence.
IDH is making a proposal to the education authorities for a Regulation to Prevent Sexual Violence in the educational sphere in Cochabamba, in coordination with the Public Advocate’s Office for Children and Adolescents, which lays out the obligations of teachers and directors when sexual violence is suspected. It also describes in a simple way the steps for making complaints to the services responsible, such as the Public Advocate’s Office for Children and Adolescents.
BASTA CON LA VIOLENCIA SEXUAL A NIÑOS NIÑAS Y ADOLESCENTES
La campaña anual 2013 del Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano, “OJO CON LA VIOLENCIA SEXUAL”, ha sido creada y difundida durante todo el año para reforzar las actividades que tuvimos con la población general y los estudiantes.
A lo largo del año, hemos sido presentes en las ferias de prevención, en las plazas, en los barrios, los colegios, las exposiciones.
Varios materiales han sido creados, como 3 cortos metrajes para prevenir las situaciones que pueden llevar a la violencia sexual, afiches, boletines, etc.
Para reforzar el impacto de la campaña, hemos decidido utilizar el mismo lema como tema central de la ExpoVida, OJO con la violencia.
El IDH está proponiendo a las autoridades educativas un Reglamento para Prevenir la Violencia Sexual desde el ámbito educativo en Cochabamba, en coordinación con la Defensoría de la Niñez y Adolescencia, en el cuál están descritas las obligaciones de los Directores de colegio y de los profesores cuando existe sospecha de violencia sexual. También se describe de manera sencilla los pasos para hacer denuncias hacia los servicios responsables, como la Defensoría de la Niñez y Adolescencia.
After several months of working with teachers and students using educational units developed by the Institute for Human Development (IDH), IDH presented a huge event, lasting a full week, focusing on preventing sexual violence. The event, LifeExpo, is the most important event in Bolivia addressing the problem of sexual violence. The 16thLifeExpo was visited by more than 15,000 persons, including many from the countryside in the state of Cochabamba.
For the first time this year, IDH explored the theme, “Watch Out for Sexual Violence!” ExpoLife reinforced the themes about which IDH teams have worked with students during the school year. Additional themes related to healthysexuality included these educational presentations: “Love, Sex and Something More,” “And Now, No More,” and “My First Love.”
Thanks to trained volunteers and the IDH team, IDH has created in LifeExpo an important moment in the life of Cochabamba, as we offered essential information in an attractive, interactive and clear way.
As Anita told us: " ExpoSida, this is the only place I can get answers about these topics".
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