During this year, the project has complemented the overall goal in terms of bringing ownership of Health and Rights education curriculum by school management and teachers as essential component of student’s personal development. It also improved the health seeking behavior of registered families especially among young girls and women. Eventually it encouraged the independence of trained women and girls by translating their skills into income generation resources. The project connects three on-going initiatives related to SRH education, services and empowerment of women through skill development. Availing the platform of schools, the project reached out to adolescents and their families to increase knowledge and information regarding SRHR issues. The easy to access service delivery mechanism of mobile camps increased the outreach and access to SRH services for young people and their families. Moreover skill development and provision of micro credit empowered women and their families for income generation. The component of Comprehensive Health and Rights Education was progressively implemented at the Rahnuma Star Schools in targeted locations. The teachers of these schools were trained on Comprehensive Health and Rights Education and were well capacitated with accurate knowledge on the subject.
The school teachers provided Comprehensive Health and Rights Education as per the developed lesson plans and assessed the students using developed tools. This process took a significant amount of time and effort beyond their school responsibilities. These teachers carried out these activities with the spirit of volunteerism. To acknowledge their efforts and to bring a sense of ownership of the project in the teachers, a comprehensive health package and a certificate of accreditation as a “star teacher” was provided to them. A total of 59 male and 100 female teachers in 50 schools are accredited. 3419 registered students and their family member (both male and female) were provided with comprehensive information on SRH and family health and women empowerment. In addition to the enhanced knowledge, 54% of woman and young girls shared that they feel more confident about themselves and they also started to take independent decisions about their lives. They are also accessing the health services by their own decisions and mobility in mobile camps and static clinics. An extensive number of women and girls 1887 reported that they are taking the independent decisions regarding their health matters. 60 skilled women and young girls received the micro credit facility and established their home based/ small scale businesses. They have made noteworthy contribution to increase the average monthly income of their families. A considerable increase in income is observed during the year. A total number of 281 women and young girls reported that they are generating and controlling their own income. These women and young girls also reported that they are taking independent decisions regarding financial matters. Moreover these women and young girls also built linkages with local employers and vendors for the future sustainability of their businesses.