Creating a Safe Space for Adolescent girls is very paramount. The essence of the safe space is to give the girls a platform where they can learn, share, exchange knowledge and talk about their challenges. Adolescent girls have some challenges confronting them and many questions to ask, but most times they fall as prey to the male folks who take advantage of them and this increases their vulnerability. Adolescent stage is a critical stage in their lives and this goes a long way to affect their health, relationship and choices.
Statistically it was shown that 79% of girls are usually absent from school during their menstrual week because they could not afford sanitary pads, 95% of the girls counseled have had sexual intercourse at least for exchange of material need , one of which is menstrual pad.
Our goal is to empower 8,000 adolescent girls on Menstruation Hygiene Management, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Life Skills in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The training of the female teachers who will serve as Mentors to the girls kicks off in two schools today being 29th January, 2019 at Urban Model Secondary School Abakaliki and Model Comprehensive Girls Secondary School Ugwuachara, Abakaliki Ebonyi State conducted by Agrotech Youth Foundation supported by The Pollination Project.
The Female Mentors were trained on Menstruation Hygiene Management, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Life Building Skills and on how to pilot the adolescent girls clubs.
Objectives of the training were-
Indeed, the training was a huge success as they teachers expressed their appreciation and pledged their allegiance in being there for these girls and groom them on the right path.
So adopting educational based intervention will go a long way in breaking the menstrual taboos, provide adolescent girls with a safe and sustainable alternative to menstrual management, and keep them healthy and not sacrificing their dignity. Empower an adolescent girl today, empower a nation. Together we can!!!!
Menstruation Hygiene Management campaign for adolescent girls in five secondary school in Abakaliki, kicks off on 28th and 29th November, 2018 with support from The Pollination Project (TPP).
This project is a 9-month campaign to deliver comprehensive menstruation hygiene management, HIV/AIDS Prevention, and life building skills in five secondary school.
Greater percentage of girls have little or no understanding of their menstrual cycle. They are rarely able to talk about it openly with their family members. About 80% of these girls had no idea what was happening to them the first time they got their period. They expressed feeling of fear, confusion and shame. 79% are usually absent from school during menstrual week because they could not afford sanitary pads and 70% lacked self-confident. 68% had infections due to the use of unhygienic materials during menstruation.
The goal of the project is to reduce girls’ school absenteeism as a result of poor menstrual hygiene practices and break down reproductive taboos surrounding menstruation.
With support from The Pollination Project, We have total of 500 girls aged 13-18years from Presco Secondary Schoo Abakaliki and Girls High School Azuiyioku sensitized on Menstruation Hygiene Management, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Life skills.
This was a life transforming experience for the girls, as they girls knowledge on Menstruation increased, and also, they girls were encouraged to use the acquired information to feel confident in managing their bodies effectively, be able to positively speak about menstruation and to share their experience with their friends and family members which will result to many girls and women thinking critically about menstruation and taking the time to learn about how their cycle work.
Agrotech Youth Africa Foundation facilitates training and empowerment programmes for youth,women and children to enable them seize positive opportunities which will lead to sustainable development in Africa.