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Mobile Sexuality - towards a new European strategy in sex education and prevention of STDs [SAFESEX] [20091217] - Project
General objectives

To empower European youth by giving them access to high quality sex education and a downloadable mobile guide with the latest information on sexuality and STIs at their fingertips, thus enabling them to make qualified and informed choices in their everyday lives about sexuality. The ambition is to make youth able to better understand their own as well as others` sexuality, and be more accepting of themselves and tolerant of others, in addition to enabling them to avoid situations that may escalate to sexual bullying or abuse or simply unprotected sex. Hopefully this will make young people more comfortable with themselves and around others, and able to avoid STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
Ultimately, the goals are to achieve lower prevalence of STIs and unplanned pregnancies, as well as to demonstrate to the European health professional sector the efficiency of the open and candid approach to sexual health education.

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

SAFESEX harmonizes with the EAHC prioritized initiatives focusing on key health determinants in young people`s lifestyles - a widespread lack of very basic knowledge about their own and their partners` bodies, sexuality as a whole, the right to say `no` and to combat sexual abuses and exploitation of the young and inexperienced, and the risks that unprotected sex can bring. These determinants lead to a rise in the number of STDs and unwanted pregnancies in the 13-18-year-old age group. The goal of SAFESEX is to get to the root of the problem, by combating poor knowledge levels among the age group, increase the quality of the Sex Education on offer for them,seeking out the age group and communicating with them on their terms, and ultimately run a Sex Education campaign that actually appeals to the age group and thus enables much greater willingness to receive information,instead of inundating them with facts and figures in which they have little or no interest.

Methods and means

-Mobile Sexuality; downloadable mobile guide with the latest knowledge and the best advice for youngsters on sexuality, relationships and emotions.
-Young-2-younger sex education; implementing the Danish Centre for Sexual Health Promotion`s tried and tested method for teaching 13-18-year olds by building a capable corps of talented young (age 20-28) teachers in each partner country and targeting a number of local schools.
-Teacher training; implementing DCSHP`s sexual education recommendations and `how to` methods in visits to schools targeted by the Y2y corps: the corps leader will work with the school`s teachers and instruct them in best practices in sexual health education while the corps` teachers instruct the school`s students.
-Follow-up; the mobile guide and teaching corps are expected to be able to operate independently after the end of the project period and hopefully expand its scope.

Expected outcomes period

- The demonstration of the effectiveness,ease and high level of information dissemination capability in using mobile communication devices in e-learning, and a high level of satisfaction among the user group. Demonstration of effectiveness of Instructor and Y2y methods in Sex Education, its usefulness in breaking down teacher-student barriers and speaking the target groups` language, high levels of satisfaction from both students and teachers
- Increased attention to and interest in the campaign,and in untraditional education methods as a whole,as a valid method of future Sex Education on a wider scale.Interest and willingness of local health and education authorities in the respective partner countries to include education methods from the campaign in their own educational and preventive work
- A small but noticable decrease in risk accepting behaviour, STDs and unwanted pregnancies among the target group, as well as a marked increase in knowledge and information levels among the target group and a marked increase in teachers` confidence and capabilities in teaching Sex Education

Details
Start date: 01/06/2010
End date: 01/06/2012
Duration: 24 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 706 890,00