Radio Drama Series
Oteka, a 50-episode radio drama series, serves to catalyze discussion on key project themes and motivates young people to engage in GREAT project activities. The drama tells the stories of several families in the fictional village of Oteka who are faced with challenging decisions related to relationships, sexuality, violence, alcohol, sharing of resources and responsibilities, and parenting.
“I heard about equal sharing of roles between boys and girls in a home. I heard them saying if there is a need for water at home, both boys and girls should fetch water together and they should do things equally.”
17 YEAR-OLD MALE
Community Action Cycle
This community mobilization strategy allows local leaders to engage in a process of collective dialogue and action based on planning by communities who first define their current status, what changes they seek to achieve, and how to make this community change happen.
"We use the Community Action Cycle to help the community come together, discuss the problem, and then propose solutions to gender-based violence for young people, for women, for men."
DISTRICT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, AMURU DISTRICT
Village Health Team Linkages
GREAT provides training to existing Village Health Teams and facility-level staff to strengthen their ability to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents, reduce stigma of seeking family planning services, improve referral systems for adolescents, and provide more gender-sensitive services to all community members.
“This counseling flipbook has been my greatest tool. I am no longer afraid of talking to adolescents.”
VILLAGE HEALTH TEAM MEMBER
Toolkit for Community Groups and School-Based Clubs
The Toolkit consists of engaging stories, interactive activities, and lively games to encourage dialogue and reflection in community and school-based groups.
Radio Discussion Guides provide small groups with questions to catalyze dialogue and reflection on key themes from the weekly Oteka broadcasts. The guides encourage adolescents of different age groups to think about how the radio drama’s themes relate to their own lives and experiences.
Activity Cards tailored to age groups prompt reflection and collective action among group participants. The cards suggest fun and participatory activities that promote discussion, learning, and action on GREAT themes.
Community Engagement Game consists of a large, grain sack ‘board’ that is placed on the ground. Game cards, tailored to life stages, direct players to move around the board and reflect on, discuss, and act upon GREAT themes.
Coming of Age Flipbooks (one for girls, one for boys) use the Oteka Radio Drama characters to help very young adolescents understand puberty, explore gender norms, and adopt more equitable behaviors.
“Through topics like Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy in the Activity Cards, I have learned that it is my responsibility to care for my wife when she is pregnant, and I plan to do so during the next pregnancy.”
EMUNA DENNIS, NEWLY MARRIED AND PARENTING ADOLESCENT