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Diploma in the prevention of teen pregnancy

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General purpose

We aim to prevent teen pregnancy in 20+ different indigenous communities across the state of Oaxaca by empowering young women to exercise their free will, such that they are able to take responsible and informed decisions about their sexuality.

Specific objectives

1. Indigenous and afro-Mexican women are given training on the problems associated with teenage pregnancy and are then given the tools necessary to go back to their communities and spread the message with youth and community leaders.

2. To empower teens and young adults to take control of their bodies as well as their lives.

3. To promote understanding of sexual, reproductive health, particularly contraceptives and their use.

Target audience

We aim to train young women from indigenous backgrounds with a view to minimising teenage pregnancy.

Communities included

Villa de Zaachila; San Pedro Amuzgos; Ayoquezco de Aldama; San Martín Mexicapam; Santa María Zacatepec; Nejapa de Madero; Santa Catarina Juquila; Santa María Apazco; San Miguel Tlacamama; San Luis Beltrán; San José el Chilar, Cuicatlán; San Jacinto Amilpas; Santa Ana Tlapacoyan; San Antonio de la Cal; Zimatlán de Álvarez; Santa Cruz Papalutla; Santiago Suchilquitongo; La raya, Zimatlán; Y Capulalpam de Méndez.

The project is composed of the following activities, all cast from a multi-cultural and gender equal perspective:

  • The selection of 20+ young leaders from 20+ indigenous communities to participate in the training process.
  • • Development of a 6 month diploma curriculum distributed in 270 hours of face-to-face classes aimed at prevention of teenage pregnancy.
  • The development of reliable information about the current state of youth sexual reproductive health in the communities concerned.
  • The formation and training of a group of 8 allies for the youth of the community to empower these to make free decisions about their sexuality
  • Training of the group of adolescent allies on empowerment, autonomy and decision making regarding their bodies and sexuality.
  • The arranging of meetings with local authorities to raise awareness about the issues covered.
  • The organization of talks with local health and education authorities on the importance of teen pregnancy prevention, and in particular the right of adolescents and young people to have reliable, prejudice-free information about contraception.
  • Carrying out campaigns within the communities, therein empowering the community and lending them a voice.
  • The elaboration of an action plan by the communities to prevent adolescent pregnancy

The main results that are expected from the project are:

  • To provide training to 20+ youth leaders from indigenous and afro-Mexican communities on the issue of prevention of teen pregnancy. To guarantee 100% participation, the participants will sign a commitment agreement.
  • The diploma will be supported by the Gender Equality Directorate of the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca who have committed themselves to endorsing the project as a model for work of this kind.
  • To develop a report on the impact of the seminar, covering both the qualitative and quantitative aspects, such as to detect strengths and areas for improvement in future training processes.
  • To develop reports on each community covering the current state of sexual reproductive health.
  • To train and sensitise 160 young people on the problem of teenage pregnancy and encourage them to become agents of change in their community through the medium of activities that involve young people and local authorities.
  • To have local authorities sign a document committing themselves to the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and thereby preventing teenage pregnancy.
  • To gain information from health centres to create a registry covering sexual reproductive health and the use of contraception.
  • To bring together a group of allies who can campaign and promote sexual reproductive rights and health for youths in their communities.
  • To ensure the training and raise awareness about the issue of teenage pregnancy for 1000 youths across the state.
  • Develop community level action plans to fight the issue of teenage pregnancy.

Internal human resources:

  • Secretary: handles the administrative work and welcomes the participants to the workshops
  • • Accountant: responsible for managing the funds of the programme.
  • • Cleaning staff: to maintain the facilities.



  • • Stationery: Office supplies and other sundries for the duration of the project.
  • • Teaching material: materials for group activities.
  • • Computing materials: such as toner and ink cartridges.
  • • Lodging: we offer the participants accommodation in the city of Oaxaca.
  • Food: 3 daily meals for 5 days
  • • Refreshments: coffee for all participants for the duration of the workshop.
  • • Transportation: for all participants from their community to Oaxaca City.
  • • Travel expenses: for the transfer of materials and food.
  • • Publicity materials: T-Shirts, pens and bracelets.
  • • Office rental costs: covering the rental costs of the offices.
  • • Light: covering the energy costs for the duration of the project.
  • • Water: covering the water costs for the duration of the project.
  • • Telephony: for phone and internet services during the project.
  • • Cleaning products.

Service costs:

  • • Coordination costs: to support the coordination with the Rio Arronte Foundation.
  • • Lecturers: for the payment of the public speakers for the 270 hours of class involved.
  • • Academic coordinator: responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring, and subsequent evaluation of the curriculum.
  • • Rapporteur: covering the face-to-face sessions.
  • • Community liaison: responsible for monitoring the impact of the project in the communities.
  • • Administration fees: for the management of the expenses of the project.
  • • Promotional fees: to pay the community leaders for the work in their communities including the training of allies, community campaigns, evaluation and action planning.
  • Communications fees: for the communications to publicise and support the project via both print and digital media.