Glasgow Straight Talk

A student-led project providing sexual and health education workshops in Uganda!

Glasgow Straight Talk
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This project received pledges on Wed 31 Jul 2019

We are raising £9,000 to take 11 University of Glasgow medical students to Uganda to undertake a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity while also being a part of bringing sex and health education to somewhere in desperate need of it.

Did you know that there are NO sexual health education lessons given in Uganda? 

Currently there aren't but we want to change this, with your help we can! 

Every year we travel to Uganda to work with the Straight Talk Foundation to deliver imperative educational workshops to primary and secondary schools across the country. It is shocking to imagine but at present there are no sex or health related classes taught in Uganda. Last year we were able to reach 13,700 students in 37 different schools

Our workshops create a fun, interactive and safe space for children and young adults to learn about safe sex, men's health, menstruation, consent, puberty and much more. We find that many of these students have never spoken or even heard about most of these topics. We might have giggle at it in school and we probably take it for granted every day but this education was invaluable to us.

This year we want to double the number of students we send out to Uganda and thereby increase the number of schools we visit and students we reach. We need to help young people take control of their own health, especially young women and girls.

WHO ARE WE?

We are Glasgow Straight Talk (GST) a highly motivated and dedicated group of medical students from the University of Glasgow running a student-led branch of the Straight Talk Foundation in Uganda. 

Ishbel, President of GST, travelled to Uganda to take part in this project in 2018:

'I am so proud of the incredible work we are able to do. During my time in Uganda I became incredibly passionate about these workshops. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go and fully immerse yourself in another culture and live as a local. I had always wanted to gain teaching experience and this delivered on a whole other level. We were able to have real and honest conversations with students about their health. Every school we went to the students wrote down questions they had for us and they were often the same. It really demonstrated the need for this knowledge and how eager they were to learn. In one school, kids were almost pushing each other out the way to hear what we had to say. We just take this for granted but without our help how are they going to learn and pass on this knowledge to others?'

Our aim is to work with charities in developing nations on sustainable projects for the promotion of positive sexual and reproductive health messages. We are committed to reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence in Uganda through educational workshops in schools. We also provide education on other topics which the Ugandan school system does not address such as sexual health, body image, safe sex, puberty, respecting women and relationships.

Straight Talk Foundation have been working in Uganda for 25 years and are well established in providing health and sexual education. The Foundation delivers workshops to young people about reproductive health, sets up safe spaces in schools, and provides re-usable sanitary products to girls who can't afford to buy them.

Why we do what we do!

As a result of the current ban on this kind of education, a huge amount of misinformation regarding these health issues has lead to a high number of STIs and teenage pregnancies. A UNAIDS report in 2017 showed that only 38.5% of young adults aged 15 - 24 could identify how to prevent sexual transmission of HIV, which is the cause of so many deaths.

We want to change this, so we are pairing up with Straight Talk and sending a team of medical students out to different schools in rural areas of Uganda to help deliver these health and sexual education workshops. The project will be five weeks long and take place in the summer months.

Our lessons involve a question and answer approach. We ask students to write down questions anonymously which are discussed by the class, so they feel comfortable and safe. We also help set up safe spaces in schools where students will feel at ease when asking questions and talking about these topics.

This project will make a massive difference in delivering essential education to improve the health and lives of children and young adults aged 5 - 18 in Uganda.

In the 1980s, 30% of Ugandans had HIV. However, thanks to the work of groups like Straight Talk in 2008 this statistic was reported to have dropped to 6% and you can help us to keep the reduction going.

Where will the money go?

Every gift made to Glasgow Straight Talk can make a massive difference, it can inspire someone else to give.

Our students pay for their own weekend accommodation, flights, food, immunisations and visas so that the money you give will go toward helping as many students as possible. Any extra funds raised will go towards our 2020 costs.

Funds will towards vehicle hire, driver, assistance from Straight Talk Staff, educations resources for lessons and accommodation costs on site. 

Rewards

This project is an incredibly rewarding experience and donating means you are helping to change the lives of young people across Uganda. We would love to acknowledge our donors and thank them in any way we can, read below for more information: 

  • £15 - Social media shout-out
  • £25 - Hand-written postcard from the team
  • £75 - Personalised video filmed in Uganda to tell you what your support has meant
  • £200 - Personalised video and University of Glasgow keep cup
  • £500 - Meet the team! Join us for a tour of campus, a chat and get your own UofG goody bag! 

Help us succeed!

Help us achieve our goal, we can only make this happen with your help!

You can also support us by sharing our story with as many people as possible! Glasgow’s Straight Talk was hugely successful in 2018 - we want to build on this success - a gift of any amount will help us deliver this project again this year!

Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, by email, telephone or even just a wee chat with a friend over coffee. In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.

Thank you for your support!