Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
SE-ED: Sex Education for the Kids
Published on August 6, 2021 um 07:10
Explain your idea in details:
SE-ED is an online platform for impressionable young children who lacks basic sexual education. The program name: SE-ED is inspired by the process of planting seeds into the earth; a symbol for hope. This idea first originated when our team realized that, according to Guttmatcher.org, at least half of 1519-year-olds in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda did not receive any sex education because it is not offered at their school, they drop out of school before reaching the grade in which sex education is offered, or they have never attended school. Sex education has been common in developed countries. However, most undeveloped countries did not teach the basic knowledge of sex. According to the hkc news in 2019, South African children have less opportunities to study, especially girls who live in poverty. They drop out of school early because they had to fulfill their mission (marriage) in order to exchange for wealth. In addition, most African girls also feel helpless when they first encounter their menstrual cycle. To make matters worse, insufficient sex has caused many children to get HIV and AIDS. With the lack of sexual education in Southern Africans body and mind, many issues penetrate their society. We hope to develop a system that would encourage the learning of sexual education. In our designed platform, high schoolers from all around the world who have adequate financial and educational ability share their knowledge regarding sex to Southern African youngsters. The idea is that younger kids are more prone to manipulation and thus it is important for them to learn the basic concepts of sex education. All this effort is with the purpose to prevent all the problems mentioned above, including: underage girls being unable to study, children getting sexually transmitted diseases, and the high child mortality rate.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
SE-ED introduces a new education method that involves teamwork and global connection. High school health classes should implement the SE-ED online website where students are writing sex education information as short messages. The message serves as homework or a form of grade that is sent to teachers to double check the credibility. Later on, all the messages are garnered and sent to Southern African countries where children can access. Southern Africans are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS while having over-reproduction and high child mortality rate. Through our project, we help southern Africa improve accessibility to sexual information and education and aim to reduce the number of people getting sexually transmitted diseases in the long term by offering more related education to the next generation of southern Africa. More education improves childrens ability to protect themselves from these diseases, which could lower the number of people getting sexually transmitted diseases, contributing to the target of ending the epidemic of AIDS and other communicable diseases. Furthermore, increasing education helps a responsible environment where children consider their actions. Children now understand more about the consequences of unprotected sexual interactions and are able to protect themselves as they are equipped with enough knowledge of sex. This could help reduce the child mortality rate, and get closer to the target of ending preventable death of newborns and children under 5 years of age.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We plan first to implement SE-ED in Taiwanese school systems in order to test the outcomes and effectiveness of the system. In addition, students in high schools will simultaneously be trained to learn how to formally write messages, teach others, and making international friends. The text messages are overlooked and double checked by teachers before they are sent to prevent misinformation from spreading. Teachers could use this period to check if their students misunderstood sex, and could teach the process again. This is an effective way of checking students understanding. The process of developing SE-ED is indeed economically and technologically challenging. However, we've sorted out the solution. Financial wise, our platform is completely free for the southern African youngsters because it is included in developed countries school tuition, which should be part of our income to support SE-ED. SE-ED is an educational system and sex education is often overlooked. Thus it is important for the government to focus on it, hence the tuition fees. Other income generating areas include a donation page where people are encouraged to donate and help kids to expand their learning opportunities. The revenue earned will be utilized for future developments in order to expand the system to Africa as a whole and also to other countries that require sexual education such as India and Iran. This is achieved by programming our webpage and organizing it into different parts corresponding to the various regions. For undeveloped countries that lack technological equipment, it is no longer much of an issue since based on a study by the University of Pennsylvania, computer availability is increasing in Southern African regions. In addition, the computers used for the African youngsters are public facilities, meaning that children will be sharing computers to reduce cost.
My name is Shelley, a rising senior in Taipei Fuhsing Private School. I am eager to participate in the CEC Youth Competition after an educational opportunity where I was able to teach children in the mountain regions of Taiwan. During the experience, I lived with the kids in harsh conditions and was thus motivated to increase child education. I am qualified for this competition because I attended the Blue- Ocean Competition in order to help people in need. I am also currently working on my own merch line with a business professor and have an understanding of branding and marketing. My name is Allison, a 17 years old girl studying in Kang Chiao International School Linkuo Campus. I decided to join this competition because a speaker in school showed the harsh lives of Africans. The pictures of helpless Africans motivated me as I joined the VFA competition, which is to create concepts that benefit both sides. I also had an internship at IJK, where my research skills improved because of the projects that we need to do every week. When I saw the information of this competition, I knew that it was a chance for me to contribute to society. My name is Gina, a rising senior in Taipei First Girls high school. I started an organization with some of my friends to reduce plastic pollution, and became the pending Economic Olympiad Representative of Taiwan. When I came across the opportunity to participate in this competition, I thought of the photos I once saw at the World Press Photo Exhibition about poverty, illness and so on. So I decided to attend this competition, in order to challenge myself and to help those in need.
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