Storytelling School Clubs: A Good Practice for Disseminating Evidence on Gender-Based Violence, Contraception and Sexual and Reproductive Health Right

Silence surrounds crucial topics like gender-based violence (GBV), contraception, and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for many teenagers in Africa. This lack of open communication leaves them vulnerable.

Storytelling for Change

Storytelling School Clubs offer a beacon of hope. These clubs transform the way teenagers learn about these sensitive issues by creating a safe space for open discussions. This fosters positive attitudes towards vital health topics.

Since February 2024, eBASE storytellers have been training college students on crafting stories about GBV, contraception, and SRHR. Their goal was to educate over 500 students, but the program's impact has surpassed expectations!

The Power of Traditional Storytelling

Unlike traditional, often clinical approaches to sex education, School Storytelling Clubs leverage the captivating power of narrative. They utilize traditional storytelling methods like drama, music, and dance. Imagine students performing a compelling dance depicting peer pressure surrounding contraception use, or reciting a powerful poem about respecting personal boundaries. These engaging formats resonate deeply with teenagers, allowing them to connect with the messages on a personal level.

Beyond Information, Building Confidence

School Storytelling Clubs go beyond simply imparting information. These clubs foster safe and inclusive environments, encouraging open discussions. This allows teenagers to ask questions, share experiences, and learn from each other. This interactive approach builds self-confidence and empowers them to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

Measurable Results

Teenagers who participated in Storytelling School Clubs demonstrated:

  • Increased knowledge about GBV, contraception, and SRHR.
  • Improved communication skills and self-confidence.
  • Empowering the Future

Storytelling School Clubs hold immense potential to revolutionize how teenagers in Africa learn about critical health topics. By supporting these clubs and encouraging their growth, we can create a generation of empowered young people equipped with the knowledge and confidence to navigate adolescence and build a brighter future for themselves.