Children Spearhead Menstrual Health Education

Harris Namutebi
Posted November 20, 2018 from Uganda

In Uganda, menstruation remains a subject hard to discuss by parents with their children. In school communities in Mukono District, every 7 out of 10 pupils first heard information about menstruation from their peers and teachers but not parents.  This means we have a big challenge ahead of us because once peers have wrong information, then wrong information will be shared.

In the month of November 2018, in a move to raise awareness on menstruation under the campaign “Break the Silence, make periods normal for girls” we conducted interschool Menstrual Health Management competitions.

This was an amazing experience as it didnot only raise awareness about the subject but it:

·         Created an opportunity for children to share the challenges they encounter using poems, plays and songs

·         Encouraged creativity as children unwrapped the subject of menstruation

·         Parents noted that they learnt that being shy about discussing issues of menstruation greatly affected children

·         Male parents noted  that they thought issues to do with menstruation were issues to do with women but the competitions highlighted the roles men should play in supporting girls and women during menstruation.  

·         Parents noted that many young girls continue to experience bullying especially when they have soiled uniforms during menstruation and as such parents should endeavor to provide the required sanitary materials.

All that said, for us at Network for Community Development (NCD) this was a great learning event for children in the communities we serve.

Ideas, suggestions can be shared on our email: admin@ncduganda.org/ ncduganda@gmail.com

 

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jlanghus
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 20, 2018

Hi Harris,

What a great initiative. Thanks so much for sharing. This is definitely inspiring and encouraging. Are you still conducting these competitions, or are they done now? When do you plan to do them again? And, how many schools and people were affected by your events?

Hope you're having a great day!

Harris Namutebi
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 20, 2018

We are working with 10 school communities, Last Friday16th November 2018 , we conducted one MHM school competition at Ntunda C/U P/S that reached 243 children, 18 teachers and 52 parents from 5 schools . We had to cut down on the number of participants since it has a cost implication in terms of transporting pupils to one venue, meals and refreshments. We are having a second competition this Friday 23rd November targeting 4 school in a different sub county. We conduct these competitions once a year.

jlanghus
Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018

Hi Harris,

Oh, wow. That's quite a lot... very good:-) Yes, I would imagine it is quite costly. Thanks for clarifying. It sounds like you've made quite an impact there. Good job!

Have a great day!

Sis. Salifu
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 20, 2018

Hi dear,
I think is a great topic for debate.
In our part of world, parents shy away from educating their kids and hence good they get the info from your org.

Thanks for sharing
Regards
Lisbeth

Harris Namutebi
Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018

Dear Lisbeth,
Thanks for the encouragement.
Harris