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Course Overview.............      


Young people comprise of about 30 percent of total population of various countries of the South East Asian Region (SEAR) with marginal country based variations. For instance in India, the total number of young people between 10 and 24 years is around 300 million. If the figures for the adolescent population (10 – 19) in the region are consider it ranges from about 23% in some countries to as high as 26% in Bangladesh. The trends in the adolescent population growth of the past few decades also highlight the urgency of the need to address them. In countries in the south Asian region such as Nepal and Bangladesh their adolescent population has grown by at least 20% in the decade of 1990-2000.

There are few focused policies in the countries of this region to address adolescent needs. The lack of policy is also evidenced in the absence of programme initiatives for the adolescent. Some countries like Nepal have recently framed policies for adolescents. The service providers also largely ignore their needs. The few efforts that have been made by government agencies and NGOs need to be the basis for sharing and learning across the region.

In the light of the above, there is a need to understand the present status in context of gender and rights for effective polices and programmes. A comprehensive course on Young People sexual and reproductive health is long over due and seems to be the need of the hour. Hence MAMTA intends to conduct a course on Young People Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (YRSHR), which will focus on work with young people of the age group from 10 to 24 years. The proposed training programme is expected to build capacities of Public sector, Private sector NGOs and International Agency professionals for directly undertaking/ influencing interventions for improving capabilities of community workers actively involved in YRSHR issues.



Why young people? - The subcontinent view
• Growth and Development including Nutrition
• Reproductive and Sexual Health
• Sex and sexuality including sexuality education
• Psychosocial Aspects
• Poverty and Young people
• Youth friendly services
• Rights issues
• Gender and youth
• Advocacy
• Research on sexual and reproductive behavior of young people 



To enhance and augment the capacities of individuals and institutions (both Government & Non Government) for better understanding and management of young peoples sexual and reproductive health and rights needs thus creating a conducive environment for better health and development of young people in the region.

Specific Objectives

• To gain a better understanding of young peoples’ issues through experience sharing in South East Asian countries context.

• To enable organizations and institutions to work effectively on young people’s issues from the right perspectives.

• To move towards policy initiatives for facilitating better implementation of YRSHR in South East Asia Region (SEAR) countries.


Course Structure


Participatory and interactive teaching / learning including lectures

• Field visits

• Case studies

• Simulation and group exercises

• Group discussion 

• Interactive sessions with young people at grass root level


Countries to participate

Countries from SEAR including: -
ndia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal,
Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar.


Background of participants

The following category of personnel will be focused for participation in the proposed course:

• NGO professionals having requisite background and work experience in the field.

• Bureaucrats involved in decision making about youth affairs.

• Medical and health professionals interested / working in the field.

• Academicians and researchers interested in youth affairs.

• Professional and administrators from international agencies.

• Social scientists and researchers

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