This program will first train 3,500 Cameroon adolescent girls as peer health educators, in 100 low-income schools in Cameroon. These educators will then provide over 50,000 of their classmates with the critical reproductive and sexuality education, drug, alcohol abuse and support they need to thrive in adolescence, covering topics like menstruation, mental health, and sexual/reproductive health, Intimate Partner Violence / Sexual Assault Prevention and nutrition online and physical contacts.
Gender inequality is widespread in Cameroon and impacts the health and educational outcomes of its 10. 2 million adolescent girls. Cameroon has Africa's 3rd largest adolescent population at risk. Due to societal, cultural, and religious taboos, a comprehensive peer health education required to overcome these challenges is often poorly taught or completely missing during a girl's in-school education. As a result, females suffer an unacceptable burden of health and educational consequences.
Our peer health education uses an innovative, evidence-based peer education model to cultivate a network of girls' health educators in low-income schools across Cameroon. We capitalize on the innate voice and leadership potential of our educators, empowering these promising girls as central actors in their own health and well-being. Our educators lead the educational process and share crucial health information in their schools and communities online and physical contacts.
The project will train a network of 3,500 girls as emerging health educators. These educators will then provide essential health education to 50,000 girls across 100 low-income schools in Cameroon in health topics that matter most to them. Which promotes positive health behaviors and lifestyle choices to support physical and mental wellness and academic success. Our educators are the next generation of women's health educators shaping positive health attitudes and education outcomes.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).