Since this year’s inception, we committed to promote the culture of keeping more girls and boys in schools until the right age to marry. We are glad to proclaim monthly accelerated progress regarding the campaign and the month of July was just as spectacular.
We stretched and touched over 1000 more young people under this campaign most of whom are girls. Messages of focus included; Menstruation Management and Hygiene, HIV/Aids prevention and Stigma, Puberty and associated challenges, Sexual and Reproductive Health, teenage pregnancies and drug abuse among other age-appropriate themes.
The schools included; Bujubuli secondary Secondary School in Kyaka II, Kyegegwa district, Wandegeya Muslim Primary School, Kololo high school, Makerere University primary school, Kitante hill school, Kasubi church of God high school.
“Young people in schools suffer most of the challenges as they are growing up and no one seems to pay attention to them because many think the school is better placed to address issues concerning their life,” says Leticia Akumu, our youth hub, and community engagements officer.
The interactive sessions empowered young people through addressing the challenges they experience on a daily.
“Whenever our colleague goes into menstruating, boys laugh loud at them and they end up shying away from interacting with them (boys), this session has at least reminded them that it’s not a choice for a girl to menstruate and they should treat is as normal’ says Liz, one of the touched students at Kololo high school.
“Can HIV really be transmitted through kissing?” Asks one of the students who preferred anonymity at Wandegeya primary school before our facilitators responded.
All sessions are founded on the principles of confidentiality which creates an environment where young people feel free to share any questions including that which is deemed private.