Cybergirl and Cyberboy: Reimagining sex education

Use of the internet is exploding across Rwanda, especially among youth. We aim to tap into that trend to deliver fun, interactive education that addresses two big challenges of teen pregnancy and unemployment.

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THE PROBLEM

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Girls in Rwanda lack accurate information about how to prevent pregnancy and HIV. Lack of economic opportunity puts girls at risk for transactional sex. Only 11% of adolescents have comprehensive HIV prevention knowledge and contraceptive use is low. Increasingly, urban African teens turn to the internet and social media for information, but it’s inaccurate and hard to understand.

THE INNOVATION

Cybergirl and Cyberboy are online learning programs that teaches urban adolescents employment skills and, using interactive, online and SMS tools, educates about contraception and HIV/STI prevention and signposts girls and boys to youth-friendly clinics and job opportunities. A companion program, Cybernurse, is a decision tool and training program to help improve provider knowledge and choice of contraceptive methods.

We've worked with over 400 youth, health care providers, parents and community leaders to design and prototype solutions to improve sexual and reproductive health and economic opportunity.

We've worked with over 400 youth, health care providers, parents and community leaders to design and prototype solutions to improve sexual and reproductive health and economic opportunity.

THE OUTCOME

The Cybergirl/Cyberboy program will create economic opportunities for urban youth to participate in Rwanda’s emerging tech economy, and help them safeguard their education and health, by giving them high-quality information to prevent unplanned pregnancy and HIV.

Happy Tahireh and Mirelle Umutoni, our Youth Designers

Happy Tahireh and Mirelle Umutoni, our Youth Designers

 
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