UNFPA Thailand Country, Raks Thai Foundation (RTF) in collaboration with Health Risk Control II Section of Thai Health Promotion Fund (THPF), Reproductive Health Bureau of Department of Health (DOH)  held a training program for trainers to empower young people as advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights on December 12-14, 2017 at Mercure Hotel, Chiang Mai province with 30 participants.

Citing the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act B.E. 2559 (2016), two representatives –a boy and a girl- from the Thai Children and Youth Council are expected to be a part of the national supervisory committee and two more representatives are also expected in the provincial sub-committee.

UNFPA Thailand Country and partners, realizing the importance of well-trained youth representatives to be youth advocates and monitor the implementation of 5 major ministries specified in the above mentioned Act, used the globally-used, UNFPA-developed It’s All One curriculum with its content adapted to fit sexual wellbeing work context in Thai society. Youth trainees are expected to learn and link up their works regarding human and reproductive health rights as well as the understanding of content and methods stipulated in the Act to fulfill their ‘youth advocate’ roles comprehensively and efficiently. UNFPA Thailand Country Service then introduced the newly developed curriculum I D-Sign: Advocacy Training on Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights for Young People.

This training program expects trainers and project operators in the project empowering young people to monitor the implementation of the strategic plan under the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act in Chiang Mai province to be empowered with knowledge and understanding. Therefore, they can use the aforementioned curriculum to enhance young people’s potentials. With accessible knowledge and services, young people will be empowered to realize their rights, able to make their own decisions and access to comprehensive reproductive health services and welfare equally and without bias. They are also encouraged to work with public bureaus, local organizations and communities and further the youth training programs in 6 more districts namely Sa-Merng, Muang, Hang Dong, Chiang Dao, Mae On, and Prao.

Additionally, there was a meeting on 15th of December with representatives of related bureaus from 6 districts portraying the clear picture of collaborative teamwork. They jointly designed work procedures in various levels for provinces, sub-districts and Youth and Children Council Chiang Mai, driving the project together to reach its goals.