The project proposes a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) design to evaluate the effectiveness of Kallpa’s program “Sexual and reproductive rights among the indigenous youth in Ayacucho” which aimed at providing information about reproductive health and reducing teen pregnancies for indigenous students in Ayacucho region.
The program consists of two main components:
1. School tutors' sexual health education certificate (SexEd). A 4-month certificate education course targeted to all tutors at all levels of secondary (5 levels in Peru’s system). The modules of the course cover the following topics: sexual rights, pregnancy/family planning and the use of contraceptives, the role of sexuality (empowerment), and prevention of sexual violence.
The intervention aims to provide resources to school tutors. Then, they will apply the knowledge learned and the tools provided to teach sexual education in schools directly to students properly. Kallpa has institutional agreements with the school systems that commit the tutors who receive this certificate to provide at least 04 sexual education sessions in-class to students within the remaining of the current school year. In this component, Kallpa does not have any direct contact with students.
2. Bus service (BUS). A bus with professional counselors provides information to students on demand. The bus will visit the schools two times within a school year.
The intervention work as an information/referral service. The bus aims to provide counseling services that schools in rural areas often lack. The objective is to educate, provide information/referrals to local health services, and promote healthy behaviors. As part of the Bus service, Kallpa coordinates with school authorities, local municipalities and local health centers.