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My Life - Starting Now

Knowledge and skills for young adolescents

Personal identity - making decisions - peer pressure - values - HIV and AIDS - love - sex ….  These are just a few of the topics covered by My Life - Starting Now.  This 80-page manual, no. 8 in the CALLED TO CARE toolkit, is designed especially for use with young people aged 10 to 15.

My life - starting nowIllustration:Danny Chiyesu

The manual takes a participatory approach to teaching and learning, using role plays, case studies, games, stories, quizzes, Bible study and artwork to promote discussion and explore critical life skills for young people.  It aims to empower young people to take charge of their lives in a positive way.  It also includes sessions for parents and guardians on their roles in guiding, supporting and educating young people. 

My life - starting now

The co-authors of the book - Lucy Steinitz in Namibia and Eunice Kamaara in Kenya - have combined their vast experience of training young people in lifeskills and producing educational materials on HIV, gender, sex and sexual behaviour.  Illustrations are by the Namibian artist, Marika Matengu, and the Zambian artist, Danny Chiyesu. 

What our users say about My Life - Starting Now:
My Life - Starting Now taught us that it is very vital to help the young people to run away from the drug/alcohol abuse, which is a very big problem today.”(Pastor Bwambale Alfonse, Alpha Children Ministry, Uganda)

“I found the seminar on sex more helpful because it showed me that sex without love is not very glorious.”(Jones Chamangwana, Reach Out Ministries, Malawi)

Download this book (below) or order copies from the Christian Literature Fund in South Africa. Click HERE.

(For information on how to run a training workshop using this manual, please click here to see the CALLED TO CARE Users’ Guide.)

By: Lucy Steinitz with Eunice Kamaara

80 pages; published 2010; ISBN 978-1-905746-36-1 (E-book)

Download My Life - Starting Now as a pdf file.