The Pakistani NGO Aahung develops culturally relevant strategies to respond to the community’s SRH needs.
Aahung succeeded in integrating its life skills-based education programme into public and private schools in Sindh province.
As part of the organization’s work to engage a broad range of stakeholders, it explored ways of engaging with parents and community leaders. Aahung works closely with the school administration and community members to ensure local support for the project. The organization invites parents to a meeting where they can ask questions about the curriculum and raise any concerns they may have. They discuss where young people will access sexuality information in the absence of CSE programmes.
Parents recognize the benefits of Aahung’s programme, which is evidence-based, accountable and delivered by trained professionals, particularly when compared to the alternatives, such as young people receiving information from their peers or the media.
Aahung has found that involving parents in this way increases support for the programme and results in fewer barriers for the project’s implementation.
Source: Website of the NGO Aahung: www.aahung.org and personal communication (Sheena Hadi, Aahung, 19 May 2015).