Pregnancy in Thai girls between 15-19 years old is highest in Asia and ranks the second in the world (WHO, 2013). In 2012, 355 adolescents under the age of 20 gave birth every day; youngest mother was 12 years old. These teens are burdened with pregnancy at the time when they should be in school building their desired futures. Tragic consequences are abortion, single motherhood, girls not finishing school and being doomed to remain in low-paid jobs or be left with no income.
To Combat Teen Pregnancy in 5 provinces where births to teen mothers doubled from 2000-2012, CCF Thailand empowers 400 youths to be key actor of the solution rather than part of the problem. They will be trained to be Youth Advocates to work with teachers to form youth club and lead peer to peer talk on how to say No to early unsafe sex. In community they will use radio, video clip, puppet theatre, role play, skits to advocate about gender issue, sexual inequality, family communication skills.
In 12 months 400 youths will campaign 4 times/school/community and reach out to 8,000 peers in 25 schools and 10,000 families. With access to information/ services on pregnancy preventions, girls will be more capable to protect themselves, literate of their rights, responsibilities and become change agents themselves. The created network of Youth Advocate, friend, parent, teacher, local leader will be positive factor for fortifying girls' capacity to make informed decision on sexual life.
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