After our fieldwork in March, we started testing Corporal Maps with teachers. We began with six (biology, chemistry, physics, math, accounting, design) at one of the public schools we did our first workshop: Institución Educativa Juan del Corral.
This was their feedback: 1. In the stories, it is essential to explore situations related to gender diversity given that 10-14 year old girls and boys witness same gender couples showing signs of affection at school and are curious about it.
2. Deeper exploration of nude photos requested by popular boys to shy and fearful girls is becoming the norm. Unfortunately, most of the time, after sharing nude pictures, these girls are removed from school due to shame, and the boy turns into a new kind of hero among the group of friends.
3. Explicit drawings of genitals at classroom desks and bathrooms show the kids' need to express unknown emotions and instincts related to interactions with their own body or with the opposite sex.
4. Negative and harmful group pressure is leading to misbehavior, drug use, group sex and robbery. A neutral space to express and decompress is becoming vital.
5. Sexual behavior such as prostitution is often observed by kids in their own houses and most of the times in the same room (some kids’ parents are sexual workers). These kinds of situations lead not only to the tendency to mimic and repeat, but to the normalization of the transaction between money, favors and the body.
6. Sexual and reproductive health classes and booklets only address disease and pregnancy prevention, but do not at all deal with the further corpo-emotional impact of having sex.
7. Pregnancy prevention has become so integrated in the conversation among the kids and their parents, that it is now common for girls to ask their parents for contraceptive patches as sweet 15 ‘quinceañera’ birthday gifts.
8. Relationships between parents and teachers has become very distant. Instead of supporting and continuing lessons from school at home, parents are apathetic and indifferent to what is happening on their kids lives. It is indispensable to get parents’ attention and actively involve them in co-creating a life plan with their children for their future.
For us, a complementary version of Corporal Maps for teachers and parents will be key to empower the minds, bodies and emotions of 10-14 year old girls and boys.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback and comments on this new round of testing.
In February we started testing Corporal Maps with experts in the field of SSR, potential sponsors and allies to explore what they think about the value proposition, the accuracy of the stories, the graphics and the link between emotions and body parts.
We had a meeting with the CEO, the Innovation and Knowledge Advisor, and the Cooperation and Institutional Relations Director of Plan International Colombia: plan-international.org where we told them about OpenIDEO, the challenge, and Corporal Maps.
This was their feedback: 1. Include topics such as women empowerment, gender equality and the first menstrual cycle in the stories, as this is relevant and coherent with the focus of their ongoing projects in Colombia. 2. Explore other storytelling formats such as audio, virtual reality or theater, as this could amplify the scope of audiences reached, and help scale the model. 3. They expressed their willingness to support new testing of the model in Bolivar - Cartagena (in the Caribbean coast of Colombia) with boys and girls between 10-14 years old, where they have active programs running and can provide support from their local teams as well as access to local communities. It is worth noting that in 2017, 23% of pregnacies in Cartagena, were of teenage girls. 4. Explore whether it’s possible to include the contents of some of the stories in a digital program they are testing with Samsung as their Technological Partner. 5. Jointly explore which of the contents Corporal Maps could contribute to their Plan International's social media initiative Girls Out Loud, which they are supporting though their innovation lab.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback and comments on futher pursuing this potential alliance with Plan International in Colombia.