Adolescence is a critical time to influence ideas, attitudes, decision-making skills, behavior and practices. The recent Social Innovation camp on Promoting Positive Coping and Stress Management Strategies and Avoidance of Alcohol and Drug Abuse was the first of the three such camps planned under the project. The next two Social Innovation Camps will focus on Gender Equality and Community Activity and Safe and Happy Realtionships.
Adolescents are engaged in sessions promoting VAWC prevention and supported to develop solutions to implement in their friendships, homes, schools and or communities to address key causes of VAWC. These social innovation solutions will serve as a means to implement an action learning process, in which adolescents will implement their projects themselves and in partnership with caregiver groups or community groups.
Parallel sessions with caregivers – including parents, guardians, relatives, teachers, and others who shoulder care giving responsibilities –are being conducted. The series of participatory workshops and dialogue with caregivers will build positive parenting and gender equitable parenting skills and seek to cultivate them as role models on issues of gender equality, coping with stress and promoting community involvement.
Caregiver sessions also delve on topics, such as positive discipline, positive communication and conflict resolution. Through strengthened relationships and role modeling, it is expected that care-givers will promote non-violence, and demonstrate the values of respect, caring, and empathic concern to support adolescents’ future success.
The project is expected to help influence change among the beneficiaries in their attitudes and knowledge on gender equality, stress and coping, and positive, happy relationships. Also, the ideas and projects emanating from the social innovation camps will empower and inspire adolescents and their caregivers to participate in civic engagement to address social issues related to VAWC affecting their community.