“(I) would like to get deeper understanding of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act and learn new instruments and activities” and similar expectations were reflected by a number of young people joining the extra youth leadership training course hosted by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thailand and Thai Health Promotion Foundation at Hotel De’Moc Phra Nakhon, Bangkok on July 22-23, 2017.

This advocate skill enhancement training will help support young people to supervise and monitor movements related to the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act B.E. 2559 (2016), focusing on acknowledgement and significance of “advocate for young people” in accordance with the Act’s Section 5 “An Adolescent has the right to make a decision by himself and has the right to information and knowledge, right to reproductive health service, right to confidentiality and privacy, and right to social welfare provision, that are equal and non-discriminative, and is entitled to any other rights for the purpose of this Act accurately, completely and adequately.”

UNFPA Thailand and Thai Health Promotion Foundation designed a training process model introducing a research instrument to youth. Trainees distributed the self-assessment questionnaires on sexuality education in schools to respondents aged 15-19 years old in Bangkok. They analyzed the responses and created simulation-based proposals put forward to policy-level agencies such as the provincial sub-committee on the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act B.E. 2559 (2016), parent-teacher associations, Children and Youth Council and press conference.

19 youth trainees from Thai Children and Youth Council nationwide and non-governmental organizations were educated in this training course on the section content of Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act B.E. 2559 (2016), fostering a sense of youth advocacy in them so they can receive complaints from young people. UNFPA Thailand, as training course developer, also got comments and feedback from youth for further content and process updates so organizations interested e.g. Raks Thai Foundation (Northern Office) can hold a training course for youth in its sub-districts.

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