Teaching critical thinking about health skills to out of school youth using the adapted informed health choices digital learning in Rwanda: A local capacity building project for sustainable cities and communities

The rapid evolution of ICT, media and social media has exposed young people to tremendous reliable and unreliable sources of health information. The variety of sources of information has its advantages and disadvantages. It provides to young people the opportunity to triangulate and verify the information but it can also lead to risky treatment choice. Based on the idea that good decisions about health depends on people’s critical thinking skills, their ability to obtain, process and understand information, this project aims to work with out of school youth people to figure out a way of inculcating to them the required capacity to select, process and interpret the information in order to make informed health decisions. To achieve this aim, the project proposes to build on the existing initiative of Informed Health Choices network which has already developed resources, to enable young people to think critically about health in primary and secondary schools. Considering that the IHC work is intended for the children who are in school, this project proposes to work with out of school children to adapt and translate the IHC’s digital learning resources based on the context of the beneficiaries (out of school youth people). In that framework, the project proposes to mobilize members of Youth Friendly Centers (YFC) and National Youth Council (NYC) with the collaboration of HLT Technology Research Centre in order to adapt and translate the learning material and organize training related to the adapted resources.

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Key Themes:
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: rwanda
Principal Investigator: Michael Mugisha
Co-Investigators: Emmy Mugisha, Melissa Uwase, Eric Manzi, Vanessa Ishimwe
Host Organisation: HLT Technologies Research Centre
Partners: University of Rwanda
Duration: 12 months