Sexual & Reproductive Health


Project Title

BGD Youth Power Action Integrated Workforce Development and sexual and Reproductive health for Youth in Bangladesh study

Overall Goal
“Collaboration for Durable and Systemic Change for Youth Employment (Skills to Succeed Grant#5)"
The project will reach a total of 1000 deprived in-school and out-of-school youth (48% female) living in urban areas in Mirpur, Dhaka. Sexual & Reproductive Health,
Menstrual Hygiene Management and Nutrition Curriculum for Young People Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2018.
Project ResultsS2S equips deprived and at risk youth with the right combination of market-relevant skills, networks and opportunities they need to get decent jobs or build their own businesses. S2S, under YouthPower Action, will implement this curriculum with Community Mobilizers to better understand the benefits of integrating a SRH component into the program.
ObjectiveTo provide SRH training with Employability & skills training to vulnerable adolescents and youths (14-24) in IT/BPO courses and place them to gainful employment in the supply chain of IT/BPO sector for better improved life in their next job life.
Primary SRH outcomeIntention to use contraception,
Secondary SRH outcomes: contraceptive knowledge; contraceptive use; use of a modern method, increase income, less absenteeism
Duration
From 1 June 2018 shall expire on 31 January 2019

Funded By

Pilot project: Save the children USA

Supported By

Save the Children International (SCI)

Geographical Coverage

Mirpur, Dhaka
Budget
BDT 218,000

Target Beneficiaries
Direct: 1,000 adolescent and youths
Indirect: 2,000 adolescent and youths
Participants of this SRH trainings are young people aged 16-24 who are living in urban areas and taking part in Save the Children’s Skills to Succeed (S2S) program.
16-24-year-old men and women participants in the Skills to Succeed (S2S) program. S2S eligibility includes those who have completed at least Junior Secondary Education (grade 8) living in the slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Design: Panel cluster-randomized impact evaluation

Target Groups
Deprived and at-risk adolescent and youth from poor households
Age group: 14-24 years
Male-Female ratio: 52% male, 48% female
Adolescent and youth with disabilities and working in hazardous conditions

Main Components/ Interventions of the Project
Research Question: Is an integrated workforce and sexual and reproductive health intervention better at achieving improved work force and SRH outcomes than a work force-only study? ---- Hypothesis is it can.

Development objective
Client Collaboration and other Opportunities
Primary SRH outcome: Intention to use contraception,
Secondary SRH outcomes: contraceptive knowledge; contraceptive use; use of a modern method, increase income, less absenteeism
Provide insights as an employer in the labor market assessment

Contribution to knowledge
The following contributions will be made to knowledge and assets:
Primary WfD outcome: decent work, which includes income, work stability, reasonable hours/week, perceived physical and emotional safety at work.
Secondary WfD outcomes: Employment seeking knowledge and behavior; communication skills; Interpersonal skills; Higher-order thinking skills; Self-control; Positive identity

Project in brief
Save the Children Federation,
Save the Children is implementing the Skills to Succeed (S2S) program to address decent employment in Bangladesh with SEEP in Mirpur.
From September 2017 to 2020, with funding from Accenture Global Grants 5, S2S will provide market-relevant employability and vocational training, focusing on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for finance and accounting vocations, to 13,500 vulnerable out-of-school youth aged 16-24 years old living in the urban slums of Dhaka.
Save the Children works with three local implementing partners (IAs):
Social & Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP)
Evaluation Survey : This survey will serve as the main data collection instrument for the impact evaluation of the Integrated for Youth study. This survey will be given to a sample of youth before the program begins as a baseline, four months after completion of the program as a midline and 13 months after completion of the program as an end line.
The data collection firm Data collector will collect the data from the sampled youth on tablets using Kobo Toolbox. Once the data is collected, this will be submitted directly from the tablets into the Kobo cloud database and then exported by Youth power Action for analysis.

S2S Foundational Skills Training Design
Methodology
Population:
16-24-year-old men and women participants in the Skills to Succeed (S2S) program. S2S eligibility includes those who have completed at least Junior Secondary Education (grade 8) living in the slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Design:
Panel cluster-randomized impact evaluation
Study Sites:
Youth clubs in slums, Mirpur, Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Training plan:
Sampling plan:
The study will be conducted across two cohorts of S2S youth starting in July and October 2018, totaling 2,700 youth (1,350 per cohort). Youth clubs will be randomly assigned into one of two treatment arms.
Treatment arm1 will just receive the standard S2S employability skills training
Treatment arm2 will receive the standard S2S employability skills and SRH, MHM, nutrition skills training as well.

3 youth clubs from Cohort 1 and 2 youth clubs from Cohort 2 will be randomly assigned into treatment arm2 of SEEP.
Out of the 90 youth in each youth club, 60 youth will be sampled only for baseline survey the sample will be 70.
Sample size per cohort:
60 youth/club x 5 clubs = 300 youth/cohort

In 5 Youth clubs - The foundational skills training involves the following breakdown:
Employability Skills with SRH (in ARM-2 club)
Occupational Health & Safety Skills
English Skills Practice
Numeracy Skills Practice
Youth-led Advocacy and cultural activities
In the Vocational training center Business Process Out sourcing (BPO) training –
Web Design
Finance & Accounting
Customer care & Development
Graphics Design

Conclusion & looking forward
Save the Children - Save the Children responsible for the overall implementation of the S2S program as well as the quality and oversight of the Integrated for Youth study. They also are responsible for informing Youth power Action if any problems arise during implementation of the study.
SEEP - Implementing partner SEEP including SRH Community Mobilizers, are responsible for delivering the trainings program, selection and enrollment of learners, tracking dropout as well as collecting data on youth attendance to program activities. They also support to mobilize youth for data collection activities.
Data collector -
serves as the external data collection firm and responsible for collecting the data related to the impact evaluation. They train their data collectors alongside Save staff and collect baseline, midline and end line data, which is submitted to Save and Youth power Action.
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