MHM Training @Presco Secondary School and Girls High School Azuiyioku Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Good Menstrual hygiene is crucial for the health , education and dignity of girls and women.
Understanding how to manage hygiene during menstruation definitely is one of the most essential needs for girls.
Menstrual hygiene is an issue that every girl and woman has to deal with once she enters adolescence and until she reaches menopause.
Unfortunately, issues associated with menstruation are never discussed openly and the silence surrounding menstruation burdens young girls by keeping them ignorant of this biological function.
#Outreach:On breaking the silence on Menstruation , we were able to make the girls discover 3 major aspects-
1) Awareness of the changes and how to prepare for the physical changes thereby alleviating anxiety and confusion that result from the rapid changes during the period.
2) Understanding that the changes are normal and that there is no shame in what is going on with them. These are all a part of the normal process of development.
3) The need to communicate in an open and honest manner . Menstruation should not be something to be ashamed of and to hide.
Indeed, the result was impactful and we are glad the girls can now talk about menstruation freely and not being ashamed.
Together we break the silence on Menstruation. We encourage everyone to talk about it and teach every girl child.
MHM Project: Training of Female Mentors @ Urban Model Secondary School, Comprehensive Secondary School, and Presco Secondary School Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Adolescent stage is a critical stage in the lives of teens and this goes a long way to affect their health, relationship and choices.
Adolescent girls have challenges confronting them and many questions bothering them, most times become vulnerable and disadvantaged.
It would shock you to know that more than
50% of girls had no idea what was happening to them the first time they
got their period . Some expressed feeling of fear, confusion and stigma
The first period comes without prior notification . Period mishaps are bound to happen , so there is a need for Female Mentors for our girls especially when they are in school.
We decided to bridge this gap , we have successfully trained 12 Female Mentors in the above schools mentioned.
These female teachers are the ones piloting the adolescent girls club, a safe space for girls to learn, exchange and share their experiences and challenges.
Lets empower adolescent girls, we empower nation
Menstruation Hygiene Management Outreach to Girls High School, Azuyioku Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
It was a wonderful hangout with the girls.
The girls were taught on Menstruation Hygiene and Management , how to deal with with discomfort during Menses, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Sanitary Towels , etc.
Also, they were taught on Life Building Skills- such as Goal Setting, Self Esteem, Peer Pressure, Refusal Skill, Decision Making and lots more.
They were intimated on HIV/AIDS Prevention,Hepatitis , and much more…
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.