The goal is clear and urgent: putting a stop to increasing numbers of teenage pregnancies in the region, with a rate of 15.6% in the Ayacucho región (DIRESA 2019) and 12.6% nationally (Endes 2018).

The project aims to prevent teenage pregnancies, through education, strengthening the skills of 80 teachers and 50 student leaders, in the use of methodological tools for intervention with adolescents on issues of sexuality and various life skills.

To achieve this objective, we provide teachers with a whole toolbox of interactive and innovative workshops, which grasp the attention of adolescent students and strengthen their comprehensive personal development and knowledge about sexuality. In addition, we provide workshops and individualized sessions to teachers and student leaders where we see that they lose the fear of talking about topics like sexuality and life skills.

In order to achieve these goals, the team is made up of two professionals, a nurse and obstetrician, trained and experienced in working with teachers and adolescents.

The project is currently being implemented in two high schools, Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and San Ramón, in the province of Huamanga, department of Ayacucho, reaching out to 2500 students through the teachers. The project will be in be place for 2 more years.

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History

DIA has been working with students since 2015.

Between 2015 and 2018, DIA (Desarrollo Integral del adolescente) implements the project: Center for Adolescent Development – CDA, to strengthen the life skills of 1564 students from 03 secondary schools in Ayacucho, contributing to the reduction of social risk behaviors of students, such as teenage pregnancy, violence, alcoholism, among others.

During the implementation of the project (2015 to 2018), it has been observed that students lack adequate management of their emotions and conflicts and have few skills to deal with problems, lack a clear life plan, among other identified dificulties.

For 2019 to 2021, the progress of previous years is evaluated and the impact of the project is proposed to be increased. Before 2019, the focus was on students as the main target group. For the next three years, it has been decided that the direct public will be the teachers, while the indirect public will be the students. A training plan for teachers and student leaders is developed. By changing the direct audience and focusing on Ayacucho’s high risk schools, the number of students benefiting from the intervention has been multiplied by 5. The purpose is to contribute to the strengthening of teachers’ competencies, thus contributing to the reduction of teenage pregnancy, through the development of life skills in students and the generation of protective factors among “peers”.