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Straight Talk - Uganda
Straight Talk Foundation
45 Bukoto Street,
P. O. Box 22366,
Tel: 256-41-543025 or
Aims and objectives
To increase understanding of adolescence, sexuality,
and reproductive health. To promote safer sex, life skills and
child and adolescent rights.
Straight Talk newspaper was launched in 1993.
By 1997 it had grown into a registered NGO, Straight Talk Foundation
(STF), with multiple projects. Our mission statements are "Keeping Adolescents Safe" and "Communication
for Better Adolescent Health". Safe means free from infections
and unwanted pregnancy and with the life skills, education and
values to be a productive adult.
The radio show went on air in May 1999. The 30 minute weekly programme
mainly targets out-of-school and in-school adolescents ( 13-21 )
reinforcing Straight Talk messages of safer sex, abstinence, the
use of condoms and life skills. The show is aired nationwide on 14
FM stations, in English and 4 local languages. Plans to broadcast
in more local languages are underway
Children and adolescents in Uganda.
Involvement of children
Because of its popularity, Straight Talk Clubs
have been formed in secondary schools and communities. These clubs
are venues for open discussion about adolescent issues. Since 1994,
over 230 Straight Talk Clubs have been independently formed. The
Clubs are initiated by the adolescents themselves to discuss further
the messages of safer sex with their peers.
Summary of project
Newspapers: STF's newspapers are adolescent-driven
and age -appropriate. They are sent to almost 15,000 schools and
are further distributed by 600 institutions and CBO's , NGO's and
churches. They are also inserted into The New Vision.
Young Talk: For adolescents, aged 10-14, in primary school: Print
run 300,000 per month: Key messages include: abstain know your
rights, stay in school.
Straight Talk: For secondary school adolescents
and youth aged 15-24: print run 156,000 per month: key messages
your body, understand your emotions, wait or use condoms, Life
skills and health care.
Ener Eitena, Lok Atyer Kamaleng: Are local languages publication. For
out-of-school Ateso and Luo youth. Print run 100,000/issue: Key
messages include: use condoms, seek STD treatment, and prevention
of early pregnancy.
The radio show went on air in May 1999. The 30
minute weekly programme mainly targets out-of-school and in-school
adolescents ( 13-21 ) reinforcing Straight Talk messages of safer
sex, abstinence, the use of condoms and life skills. The show is
aired nationwide on 14 FM stations, in English and 4 local languages.
Plans to broadcast in more local languages are underway
1993, UNICEF has been a major funder of Straight Talk Foundation.
Major funders now include Department for International Development
The Ford Foundation, European Development Fund (EDF),
Danish International Development Assistance (Danida),
Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and
African Youth Alliance (AYA)(Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
"We wish to appreciate the aims of Young Talk,
improved adolescent health and support for Universal Primary Education,
and persistence in schools.
Professor Apollo Nsibambi /
Minister of Education and Sports, 1998
"I'm a father of two and also a lecturer. I like Straight Talk
because it tackles a problem we parents cannot handle very confidently
at the moment."
John Nayoga Mukasa, Senior Lecturer, Uganda Poly
"Your key messages have had a drastic impact on the academic performance
and behavior of our students. They have acquired positive life
skills related to health and in particular HIV/AIDS. Now, they
are agents of behavior change in the community."
Deputy Headmaster /Head of Science, Buwabwala
Primary School, Mbale
"Thanks a lot for the advice you have been giving worried
listeners. I used it to bring one friend out of trouble and it
Aayu Diana, Kampala (Adolescent)
"Bravo radio team. Your message has had an impact on me."
Asiimwe Nelson, Rukungiri (Adolescent)
"I thank Straight Talk for changing my behavior. I've learnt that
there is no gain from unprotected sex. I also had an HIV test which
was negative. I have decided to abstain from sex until marriage."
McCollins (18), Nabitalo SS, Namulonge
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