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Young people

UNFPA in Jordan is working toward improving young people’s ability to exercise Sexual and Reproductive Health and  Rights in development and humanitarian settings in Jordan. Under the current country program (2018 - 2022) the youth program utilizes three main approaches to empower young people to exercise their SRH rights:

Approach 1: Integrating SRHR curricula within youth and adolescent programmes. The curriculum includes formal and informal settings with governmental organizations, NGO’s, and youth groups. UNFPA is supporting six universities to provide Reproductive Health and Health Promotion elective courses with the support of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS), and working  with the Ministry of Education to integrate SRHR awareness within the established Healthy Schools Programs launched by RHAS. At the level of health care providers UNFPA Jordan works with the Jordanian Nursing Council (JNC) through RHAS to institutionalize an accredited course for graduated nurses in Jordan that focus on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Additionally, UNFPA works with the Ministry of Health through RHAS to raise parents' awareness on their children’s SRHR through the Healthy Community Clinics program.

UNFPA supports peer education sessions, SRHR awareness programs through a wide range of partners including Questscope, Institute for Family Health (IFH), International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Y-PEER Network. UNFPA in collaboration with national and international partners is developing a harmonized comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education toolkit for UNFPA Jordan to be used by its implementing partner’s. The toolkit is in line with Life Skills and Citizenship Education framework, UNFPA Global Youth and Adolescents Strategy, and The International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: an evidence-informed approach

Approach 2: Promoting innovative approaches for knowledge transfer on SRHR and Youth Peace and Security “YPS”. UNFPA is working toward diversifying channels and platforms of sharing knowledge around SRHR and YPS including media outlets, peer education approaches, interactive theater, awareness sessions, and supporting youth groups and national coalitions.

At the field level UNFPA work with marginalized girls on life skills programmes that build their health, social and economic assets”, and the work with youth on SRH and GBV awareness provided by IRC, IFH and QS in camps and host communities to reach both vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee adolescents and youth. UNFPA works with its partners on creating different youth friendly spaces and outlets to access information and services. One of the niche ideas in the humanitarian settings is the establishment of a model youth led center in the camp. The center is a full fledged youth center with several educational and entertainment activities, however all youth members should take mandatory courses related to SRHR and GBV to engage with the center activity. Additionally, UNFPA and HPC launched the National Standard for Youth Friendly Health Services ”YFHS” in Jordan. The youth program is working toward providing model YFHS based on the national standards in Hashemite University and in Zarqa IFH clinic, by providing technical and financial support to launch the clinics.

Youth networks, groups and coalitions are key for sharing knowledge and information and building informed coalitions and alliances to advance youth SRHR and YPS.  UNFPA continues the support for youth led networks including Y-PEER Network strategic transition planning process, and the expansion for SHABABNA Youth network in sic universities via capacity development and seed funding for youth led initiatives. Advancing the national efforts on implementing UNSCR 2250, UNFPA supporting national efforts to build the National Coalition 2250 on Youth Peace and Security in Jordan. UNFPA is providing technical and financial support for the Coalition to build a strategic framework of action for 2250 along with 20 national and international organizations as Coalition members and a group of active youth in Jordan.

Media and Social Media remains an essential tool for youth to access information related to their health. UNFPA established a  strategic partnership with ROYA TV, a very popular television channel in Jordan to develop television segments under the name of “Mesh Taboo”, meaning “Not a Taboo” on youth SRHR . The issued episodes are available on all social media platforms to be more accessible by youth. Additionally UNFPA works with private sector company “Seven Circles” to mobilize innovative tools such as film making and cartoon drawing to highligh main issues such as Child Marriage, sexual harassment and GBV issues.

Approach 3. Advocating for inclusion of adolescent and youth SRHR in national strategies and policies, including emergency preparedness plans. UNFPA plays a key coordination and convening role, by leading the Youth Task Force (YTF) in Zaatari Camp, in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council. The focus of work is on rolling out the COMPACT in the camp, and initiate a youth led campaign against sexual harassment. Also UNFPA plays a key role in the process of piloting The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action in Jordan at the national level.

UNFPA Youth program work on providing technical support for mainstreaming youth and adolescents SRHR issues in key national strategies and policies including The National Youth Empowerment Strategy by Ministry of youth, the National Reproductive Health and Rights Strategy led by the Higher Population Council, and the Essential Services Package for Gender Based Violence , The National Action Plan for National Women Empowerment Strategy by Jordanian National Commission for Women , the National Action Plan for the 10 years Strategy on  Inclusive Education by the Higher Council for People with Disabilities.