Our training focuses on two streams that cover:
- Protection and Prevention of early teenage pregnancy, obstetric fistula, HIV, maternal deaths by working in schools, universities, villages and churches where youth congregate.
- Reformation and Rehabilitation in prisons, youth remand homes and informal gatherings like motor cycle/taxi/bus terminuses to shift thinking and behaviours towards women and children.
Our approach to training includes the following four concepts:
- Encourage Equip and Empower through Knowledge and Life skills.
The cycle of poverty, disease and ignorance can be broken when correct information and life skills are transferred into the minds of the young people. This changes attitudes, challenges existing beliefs and shifts people toward responsible behaviour that is transformational. Helping people to think critically about sexuality, relationships and planning towards having families is key to reducing poverty. Demystifying many myths and harmful traditional practices.
- Train the traditional Leaders within the community
Many emerging countries rely on faith leaders to influence the thinking of the community. Therefore, training leaders to encourage smaller families and responsible fathering of children can impact whole communities. Wise Choices for Life sees the connection between the spiritual drivers and traditional values and practises around women, sexuality and parenting and so respects these leaders and the faith of the people. The spiritual belief that God values you by having many children especially boys perpetuates the cycle of abandoned orphaned children.
- Train the Men
In a male dominated society, men are the decision makers in relationships, and this includes having children when they choose. If we exclude the men we disempower him and the women suffer.
We prefer to train couples or boys and girls together. Most men are ignorant about conception antenatal care, danger signs in pregnancy, normal birth and are unaware of when to seek help. As a result, many mothers die due to delay because the men in the community have not been educated in such subjects.
- Communicate the knowledge
Knowledge is a powerful creator of change but only if it is passed on to the ones who need it most. These communication skills are not taught at medical school. Most medically trained professionals are retaining their academic training and busy saving lives in clinics and hospitals.
The Wise Choices for Life model of education reaches the needy people without them having to go to a medical school. Practical communication skills are one of the skills that are assessed in our training and is the missing link in many other training courses.