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Young Talk, July 2009

Young Talk, July 2009

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Young Talk is an audience-driven, culturally-appropriate newspaper produced monthly for younger (10-14 year old) Ugandan adolescents by Straight Talk Foundation, a leading Health & Development Communication NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Young Talk appears in Uganda's lead national daily, _The New Vision_, and is posted to 25,000 schools, CBO/NGOs, health units, churches and mosques across Uganda ten times annually, giving the paper an audience of nearly 1.5 million adolescents each month. Among other things, Young Talk strives to help younger adolescents abstain from sex, stay in school, stay safe, understand body changes, and make informed life decisions.
Young Talk is an audience-driven, culturally-appropriate newspaper produced monthly for younger (10-14 year old) Ugandan adolescents by Straight Talk Foundation, a leading Health & Development Communication NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Young Talk appears in Uganda's lead national daily, _The New Vision_, and is posted to 25,000 schools, CBO/NGOs, health units, churches and mosques across Uganda ten times annually, giving the paper an audience of nearly 1.5 million adolescents each month. Among other things, Young Talk strives to help younger adolescents abstain from sex, stay in school, stay safe, understand body changes, and make informed life decisions.

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 Young Talk, July 2009
Many Young Talkers are not shy.
I grew up in a big family with auntiesand uncles. This has helped me not to fear or be shy.Mpanga M, 13, P7,New Era PS, Wakiso
Young Talkers speak out and sayno.
Kisirisa F, 11, P5, Jodak Luweero wrote:
“A friend of mine had a boyfriend. One day, she told me to go with her to the boy friend’s homebut I refused. She then sent one boy  to call me. When I went to their home, she told me to have sex with this boy. I refused and reported them to the teacher. They were beatenand chased away from school.”
I say NO when I know something is wrong.
Nansubuga Shalima, 13,
Vol. 10 No.9
 
Not for SALE:
 
 Young Talk is FREE
Sex Education for primary schools
Know your rightsStay in schoolSay a BIG NO to sex
 
 Are you
 
sh
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Shyness
is a eeling o ear, lack o confdence ordiscomort. Everybody eels shy at one time.
 
We are happy with who we are!Pupils of Teso Boarding PS,Soroti
Do not feel shy to ask for 
 
help or say NO to sex 
Nobody says, “I want to be shy today.”It is a feeling that just happens with-out you planning for it. Shy peopleavoid other people. It makes you look unfriendly.
 What causes shyness?
Some people are born shy andothers become shy when they getbody changes.
 Atukunda P, 14, P7 atRweigaaga PS in Bundibugyosays: “I feel shy during menstruation period. I fear my dress getting spoiled at school.But when this happens, I go to thesenior woman teacher for help.”
“I feel shy when I am told to greetvisitors.”
Akuoch D, 13, P5, NewEra, Wakiso
Yes, sometimes we feel shywhen we meet new people or 
the rst time we go to a new
place. This usually stops whenyou get used to a place or person.
 
Do not feel shy to ask and answer questions in class. Askingand answering questions helps you learn and perform well.
I am HIV positive. My girlfriend is HIV negative. She wants to have sex but I do not want to infect her. What should I do? Boy, 15, Kitumba PS, Fort PortalThank you for not wanting to infect your girlfriend. Tell her you are both too young to have sex. Does she know your status? Tell her it is too risky to have sex withsomeone whose HIV status you do not know. If she cares about you, she willrespect what you feel. You can be friends without having sex. Do other things likereading together other than having sex. Let the HIV virus stop with you.
HIV/AIDS basics
P4, Mbarara PS
Thanks, Kirisa and Nansubuga, for notbeing shy. Scream and shout for help if someone tries to rape you. Donot beshy.
 YOUNG AND CONFIDENT:Pupilso AruaHillSchool.Aruaisound inWest Nile.People fromArua are Lugbara. 
 Weare asserti veand hard- working.Smilei youcanand sa yNO to sex!
Try to speak  freely and withconfidence
It is a time when youngpeople get body changesLike menstrationperiods. What is puberty? Jane give us the answer.
 
 Young Talk, July 2009
Picture bonus!
Dear Young Talkers, write to us, send beautiful pictures and win Young Talk exercise books!
Science corner:
 
Hormones
Being shy is not permanent. You can overcome it andbecome as confident as any other person. When talking tosomeone: Look straight in the person’s eyes. Avoid putting fingers in the mouth or looking down. If you don’t like whatthey are saying, say NO. Do not give excuses or explana-tions. Be brave, the more you do what you fear, the more you become less shy. We visited New Era PS in Wakiso andpupils told us what they do to overcome shyness, Read on.
I feel shy when people with tough faces look at me. But Ismile at them as often as I can.
Ndagire L,
11, P5, New Era PS, Wakiso Yes, smiling makes people feel easy and good around you.This helps you relax and feel more free around new people
Zalwango Z,
11, P5, New Era PS, Wakiso, says: “I feelshy when I walk past people. But my parents advise me tobe alert.
Smile
Say it,donot fear
If you are shy, acceptit and work on it. Pay attention to your body language when you arecommunicating withpeople. Say what youmean without fear. If itis a No, let it mean No!Some times it may feeluncomfortable to say itbut you willget used withtime.ElizabethOkello,Counsellor 
 
Overcome shyness
Be open, try out new ideas and activities. Even if you donot know anything about the activity, or even if you think  you may not like it, try it out.Nakanobe J, 11, P5, Kisugu PS, Kampala Some people are shy because they donot know some things. Trying out newideas and activities helps you learnmore. This makes you more confident.But before you try out a new idea or activity, talk to someone and be sure itis good for your health.
Say “YES” to new ideas
People will treat you withrespect. You will feelconfident about yourself.Bath, brushyour teethand wear cleanclothes.
NamubiruShadiah,14, Mbarara
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Join drama, debating or life skill club like YoungTalk where you will meet new people.The more you meet new people, the more confi-dent you become.
 Join a club
Mugisha Arnold, 13,P7, St Aloysious PS,Mbarara, says: Imag-ining good thingsabout yourself and be-ing serious in class canhelp you stop beingshy. Picture yourself asa confident, happy andliked person.
Think good about yourself
Hormones are small messengers pro-duced by our bodies. They are naturalchemicals that tell our bodies when and how to growand when to reach pu-berty. There are different types of hormones.Growth hormones makeour bones grow long. Sexhormones make our bod-ies change like growingpubic hair and developingpimples. They also tell our  testes to produce sperm
Be clean, smart
cells and our ovaries to ripen and release the female eggs. They can also give ussexual feelings.In girls, hormones make thebreasts grow large and controlmenstruation cycle.For boys, hormones cause beards to grow, muscles to grow bigger and the voice to change. Whenour bodies produce little sex hor-mones, pubertymay be delayed.On the other hand, if our bodiesproduce a lot of sex hormoneearly puberty may start early.
Dr Paul Semugoma,International Hospital Kampala
The good and bad of shyness
Namakula B, 11, P5, New Era PS, Wakiso, says: “I
f I am talking to people,I do not look into their eyes. I just look above their heads and say what I want to say to them.
Good idea, Namakula. This works well when you are speaking to many peoplelike at the assembly or in front of theclass. But if you are talking to one per-son, it is best to make eye contact
Look above headsBad
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People can harm you knowing you won’t say anything.
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You may be misunderstood. You may mean NO but your actions suggest YES.
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People may avoid you thinking that you are not friendly.
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You may not get chosen as a class monitor or prefect.
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You may fear to get help.
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Shyness maybe helpful.
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You observe things beforedoing them.
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You are protected from talking tostrangers who may harm you.
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You take time to feel comfortable with new people and new places.
Ndagire and Zalwango fromNew Era smile to beat shyness
 
 Young Talk, July 2009
 Write to
Young Talk
 and tell us a story of  what you think isappening in thispicture. Best stories win exercise book and pens.
Our schoolenvironment
 YOUNG TALK IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7
3. A person who is new in a place, e.g one who has just joined a class. (8)6. The ability to wait for long or learn to be with people who annoy ussometimes. (8)7. The feeling of admiration that we have for others because of their  good behavior and the good thing s they have done for others and for  themselves. (7)9. A person you love, care about and even share your secrets with. (6)11. A feeling of fear and discomfort to speak in public or look people in the eye (7)13. To get new knowledge or skill by being taught. (5)14. Somebody’s action or manners. (9)15. Some thing made by God. (7)16. To make something known to other people by showing or telling them. (8)1. To disturb or laugh at somebody in a bad way (5)2. Another word for silent, e.g when you are not talking in class. (5)4. You are not strong, therefore you are...(4)5. To look somebody straight into their eyes in surprise or admiration. (4)8. To try to be something or somebody that we are not by deceivingothers (7)10. The state of feeling good, and being free from pain or worry. (7)11. A feeling of regret or pain as a result of one’s own wrongdoing or bad behaviour. (5)12. In science, bees are...insects. Human beings are like bees. (6)14. Brave and without fear (4)
 AcrossDown
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This is a puzzle of 20 words. Ten run downwards, the other ten run
across. You will nd most of the answers in this
Young Talk.
Filland send back to Young Talk on P.O.Box 22366, Kampala. Twentywinners will get a copy of “The English Companion,” an Englishtext book which will help you do English better in school.Name:…………………………………………………………….....……School:……………………………………................…….......…........Class:…................................................................................…....….P.O.Box:……………………........District:……......…………...………..
DEAR TeacherS:
Encourage your pupils to participate in class
By 
Pato Denis.
Young Talk
 
Puzzle no.1
Young Talk
 
Science test
1. If you abstain from sex, you will not have children in future.
True Untrue
2. Your penis will grow even if you delay sex until you are an adult
True Untrue
3. Candida is a disease for women and girls.
 
True Untrue
4. A girl can get pregnant the rst time she has sex.
True Untrue
5. You will not learn how to play sex if you don’t start early.
True Untrue
6. Children born with HIV can live longer if given good
True Untrue
care and treatment
.
Luganda - EnsonyiLusoga - EnsonhiLuo - LewicAteso - Ileic
Kauma M, 12, P5, Nakasero PS, Kampala,says: “I used to feel shy  when a teacher askedme a hard question and I failed to answer. But my teachers encouraged meto keep on trying.”
“I feel shy when I am in frontof teachers.” Nassimbwa P,12, P7, New Era PS, Wakiso
In every class, there are shy children and those who are not. Encourage shy children to never  give up when they give a wrong answer.Use friendly language, like ‘that is a good try’ tomotivate them. Encourage all children to par- ticipate in class. Do not ignore slow learners. Allchildren can succeed.Help children experiencing body changes to ap-preciate them.If a girl feels shy because of the size of her breasts have a senior woman teacher, tell her itis the best size which God has given her.Boys with ‘rough’ voices can also be encouraged to join the school choir.
Godfrey Walakira,Counsellor, Straight Talk Foundation
Learning through fun activities, games
Samia - EsoniRunyankole - EnshoniLumasaba - TsisonyiMadi - Drinza
Shyness in local languages
Pupils from Kireka Hill PS in Wakiso. For pupils to beconfident like these ones, they need your help.
 
Send your answers to P.O Box 22366, Kampala

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