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The Newlywed Game increases access to SRH information, empowering decisions regardless of societal pressure, through an edutainment game.

The Newlywed Game increases access to SRH information, empowering decisions regardless of societal pressure, through an edutainment game.

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Alise commented on The Newlywed Game

Dima Boulad thank you for your feedback and encouragement! MSI has been working in Nepal on SRH & FP since 1994, having many conversations on this subject area leading to the Newlywed Game Concept. Since we began working on the concept we've held two design workshops with youth, one with girls and the other with boys. Some of their insights were that they feel they can't talk about SRH/FP with their superiors or significant others; societal pressures play a large factor in early marriage and childbearing while the participants would prefer waiting until they were older (finished school, started jobs); they don't want their parents to know they're accessing the information, need anonymity; and want to connect with others that are facing similar situations that they are.
The game will have three levels, dating, engagement, marriage, the player must successfully "win" the level before moving on to the next. Some of the topics included in the levels will include: puberty, dating, contraceptives, importance of school, what a love marriage is, communicating expectations, family planning, being a decision maker, communicating SRH to children, etc.
Here is a small exert of drafted material for the game:
"At school many of the boys have been paying attention to you. One boy is particularly handsome and wants more in a relationship. You are pretty sure he’s “the one” because he’s so nice and caring with you. He calls you “His Princess”. Things are heating up, but what should you do? This could get you into trouble!

He kisses you and your body is telling you the time is right to start a relationship. How do you know when you’re ready to take the next step with a boy?

Will you begin a physical relationship right away or have a conversation first?

Press 1 to begin a physical relationship.

Press 3 to have a conversation first. "