We provide our partners with sexuality education programs that tackle their communities’ most pressing SRHR concerns. The NGOs, their learners, and our team define the priorities and co-create the programs to suit the communities' learning needs. TabuTabu also ensures logistical needs for implementation are met (such as duration and frequency of lessons, group size, additional facilities/resources available, etc.), allowing existing NGO facilitators to implement the programs without requiring formal training in sexuality education or the involvement of expert staff.
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TabuTabu's first program, Livre Ser (which has a double meaning of "Being Free" and "A Free Being" in Portuguese), is in collaboration and co-creation with the grassroots NGO Há Esperança (There is Hope) and the favela (shanty town) community of Favelinha, in the northern periphery of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brazil has the highest murder rate of trans people worldwide, ranks fourth in number of child marriages, fifth in terms of femicide, and is among the top ten countries with the highest prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the world.
11.4million people live in Brazilian favelas, which are known for their dense population, poor housing conditions and high gang activity. Favela children attend public school, if at all, where sexuality education officially only covers prevention of STD/HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy.
Livre Ser is a program developed for adolescents aged 12-18 which addresses the sexual and reproductive health and rights issues that emerged as priorities in community-based research (interviews, focus groups, and polls conducted with adolescents, parents, and NGO staff). These were found to be:
Pregnancy during adolescence
Sexual abuse and violence
Through the Livre Ser app, learners meet and answer questions about fictional characters who explore their identities, face social challenges related to sexuality, and identify what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, as per the priorities established during the community-based participatory research.
Accompanying group activities reinforce the knowledge content and engage the learners in critical thinking, reflection, and conversations that foster healthy discussions around previously sensitive topics. Furthermore, these activities take into account learning styles and format requirements suitable for community learners, facilitators and the learning space.
Educational App Chapter
Corresponding Group Activities
Presents the curriculum to learners through interactive storytelling
Adapted to the context (illustrations, language/accents, plot/context)
No need for trained sexuality educators to deliver content
Suitable for all levels of literacy
Encourage and develop learners’ social, decision-making and analytical skills
Foster independent thinking, empathy, and mutual respect
Normalize healthy conversations around sexuality
sketch illustrations by Nina Millen
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