YouthPower Learning Webinar
Finding the Fun in Community Outreach: Game-based Teaching and Learning Tools for Family Planning, Fertility Awareness, and Social Norms in Nepal
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8:00-9:30 a.m. (EDT)
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Positive youth development is a philosophy and an approach that suggests that if young people have the knowledge, skills, and support they need, they will thrive as adults, enjoy good health, succeed economically, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. However, remote, vulnerable or marginalized youth populations can be excluded from PYD programming that could benefit them. This webinar will focus on specific strategies and approaches to designing and implementing programs with communities with varying literacy levels and limited access to reproductive health information. We will hear about Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) and Save the Children’s Pragati, which is designed with these users in mind. Pragati is a package of 9 interactive games that can be played with communities and groups of varying language skills and literacy levels to improve gender norms and community awareness of reproductive health and family planning. Pragati's game-based learning methods have increased young people and other marginalized communities' access to reproductive health information, and sparked new discussions of gender norms in remote and hard-to-reach communities in Nepal. Innovative and creative ways to engage vulnerable populations is an important aspect of youth programming and this webinar will discuss lessons learned for other programs interested in game-based learning.
- Sandra Chipanta: Sandra Chipanta has over 6 years of experience in the management and implementation of international development interventions in West Africa and in Asia (Bangladesh and Nepal). At IRH, Chipanta manages the FACT Project in Nepal and a faith based intervention in Nigeria (Masculinities, Faith, and Peace). Chipanta has worked in the areas of maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health.
- Dominick Shattuck: Dr. Shattuck has over 20 years of development experience, focusing on rigorous public health research, implementation science approaches, and behavior change interventions that increase access to health services, education, and economic opportunity. With vast experience leading social behavioral research projects around the worls in the areas of HIV, gender, and family planning.
- Naramaya Limbu: Naramaya Limbu, Senior Program Advisor oversees the FACT project in Nepal. Prior to working at IRH, she worked with USAID/Nepal in the position of team Leader for the Family Health Program. Limbu has extensive experiences in designing, managing and evaluation projects related with family planning/reproductive health, adolescents, maternal, and child health.
- Chelsea L. Ricker: Chelsea L. Ricker is a lifelong sexual and reproductive rights activist whose work focuses on amplifying and integrating the voices of women, young people, LGBTI groups, and local communities into programs, policy, and research spaces. In addition to designing the Pragati games, she has developed training and capacity-building tools and strategies focused on access to and quality of sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education, sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, and international human rights structures.