GES urged to allocate time for Menstrual Health and Sex Education for Teenagers

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has been urged to apportion time on the curriculum of basic schools for menstrual health and sex education to help eliminate teenage pregnancy among children of school going age.

According to the President of Primad Organization, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in the Ashanti Region, Priscilla Asamoah Baffour, this offer will allow the students to acquire the necessary knowledge needed to manage themselves when the need arises.

Asamoah Baffour stated this during her visit to Manso Abodom LA Junior High School to help sensitize school children on menstrual health and sex education and also distribute sanitary pads to the school girls so as to help manage their menstruation periods better.

“My advice to parents is to train, educate , nurture and mentor their children into knowing and understanding their bodies, the changes that comes with it and the necessary precautions to take to avoid sexual intercouse which leads to teenage pregnancy,” she stated.

She said “the educational fraternity must do their best to give free slot every Friday for female teachers to use at least 30 minutes of their time to teach these young girls more about menstrual health and sex education, and also support NGOs like us who are willing to do more to cause change and impact lives”.

The event provided the opportunity for the students to interact with the team from Primad organization where they happily received free Sanitary pads for menstrual hygiene.

The President of the organisation opined that the motive behind the exercise is to eradicate teenage pregnancy and also promote menstrual health and personal hygiene in rural Communities, indicating that the provision of menstrual pad is to ensure healthy menstruation and the fight against the use of rags by girls in rural areas.

The Primad Organisation aims to achieve healthy living in rural communities, educate young girls on their menstruation and provide proper hygienic measures, to educate them on premarital sex.

They hoped that the knowledge acquired through the exercise can help eradicate teenage pregnancy and the free supply of sanitary pads will help prevent the use of rags and ensure safe and comfortable menstruation.

The team has so far visited Sakora Wonoo SDA school, Toafoam D/A school,  Nyameani Methodist and D/A schools, Nkwanta JHS, Eduadin JHS distributing over 2000 sanitary pads to female students.

Priscilla Asamoah Baffour assured her office will continue this activity saying “our office will continue in this manner and will even establish sanitary pads bank in every rural community for free supply to young girls, and also mentor many young girls to become great future leaders”

She appealed to individuals and organizations to help them reach far in their projects.

“We need support in buying the sanitary pads and cotton underwears for the young girls since they are very expensive. We need screening kits especially hepatitis B since we screen them too to make sure they are healthy and safe” she stated.

 

Source William Dei-Gyau ||
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