We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Swedish Postcode Foundation, to deliver a major peer education programme in Nigeria. Swedish Postcode Foundation’s generous grant of SEK 1,695,000 ($175,000) will help us to educate 13,000 young people with relevant, entertaining sexual health education over the next 12 months.
Young people are more likely to trust their peers and be influenced by them. Through the partnership with Swedish Postcode Foundation, we are therefore training talented young people to become sexual health educators. They will go into their communities and use MTV Shuga resources, and their knowledge and experience, to educate their peers.
The project will lead to greater knowledge of contraception and safer sexual health behaviour among thousands of young people. Working in partnership with local partners, we will also link young people to providers on the ground, to secure uptake of family planning services and health impact.
We are really excited about this project and are delighted that the Swedish Postcode Foundation are making it possible. Together with Swedish Postcode Foundation, we will help to increase modern contraceptive use and reduce adolescent pregnancies, in a country with some of the highest rates in the world.
Marie Dahllöf, Secretary in General at The Swedish Postcode Foundation, has said ‘Unintended pregnancies among young people can have serious health implications as well as devastating social consequences. We are therefore very proud to support MTV Staying Alive Foundation in their work to increase knowledge about family planning and sexual reproductive health issues among young girls in Nigeria’
Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, has said ‘Our MTV Shuga Peer Education Programme offers a unique and incredibly powerful model to reach young people in high-risk communities and change their behaviour. We are absolutely delighted that Swedish Postcode Foundation is providing this vital support, which can change the lives of thousands of young people in Nigeria.’