Sex education introduced to the youngsters

2017-11-09 06:01
Youngster paid special attention during the launch of the Amaze videos at the Ikamva Labantu Youth Centred Family Programme.

Youngster paid special attention during the launch of the Amaze videos at the Ikamva Labantu Youth Centred Family Programme.

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For the first time in South Africa the Amaze sex and reproductive health education online series has gone live.

The South African Amaze series launched at the Ikamva Labantu Youth Centred Family Programme in Gugulethu last Wednesday.

Ikamva Labantu was one of the community organisations who supported the South African Amaza team in the development of the series, providing feedback from the young people and caregivers in their programme to make sure that the content made sense.

The first two episodes were entitled Bullying and Sexual Orientation and the third episode was called Healthy Relationships) due to go live on 13 November. The 11-part series will roll out over November and into December on YouTube, social media and at:

Amaze is an online, animated video series for 10 to 14 year olds that tackles the tough questions young people have about their changing bodies, sexuality, healthy relationships and behaviour.

The highly successful series originated in the US, and now a portion has been adapted for a South African audience including translation into Xhosa and Afrikaans and new locally relevant characters and topics.

Amaze’s local partner is Marie Stopes South Africa who, through a grant from the Westwind Foundation has worked to localise and distribute the content in South Africa.

Marie Stopes operates a national network of sexual and reproductive health centres and see first-hand the need for more vibrant, relatable sex education that impacts young people as early as possible.

Whitney Chinogwenya, Brand and Communications Manager for Marie Stopes says: “The South African Amaze series hopes to be a resource for 10 – 14 year olds to help them navigate their adolescence with accurate, age appropriate information about sexuality that’s presented in an educating and entertaining way.”

Under the tagline #MoreInfoLessWeird the series also aims to help parents and guardians discuss these issues with the young people in their lives openly and honestly. “The series creates the opportunity for fun, youth-friendly tools to help start these conversations earlier, with tweens and teens, in a way that resonates with their everyday experiences,” Chinogwenya says.

Aside from helping with awkward conversations, these videos provide real information that can help young people be prepared for the experiences they may deal with in the future. South African teens face many challenges when it comes to sexual health.


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