In attempt to strengthen the capacities of teachers to mitigate violence against children and adolescents, Good Hope Foundation has continued to Support the child-to-child initiatives. It organized a training for girls and senior women teachers from the four schools of operation on how to make re-usable sanitary pads for purposes of equipping children and teachers with skills on how to address the health challenges to prevent violence against children and adolescents which are brought about by the challenges girls face during their menstrual days especially the failure to access the facilities that they can use during the menstrual periods that most children end looking for them from other people hence increasing the risks of being violated while others missing classes and dropping out of school because of failure to have facilities to use. Four schools which include Kiburara primary school, Kisinga vocation secondary school, Karusandara SDA primary school and Kenyange muslim primary school all from Kisinga and Karusandara sub counties were given trainings in re-usable sanitary pads on 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th/July 2016 respectively. Among those who were trained included the girls, teachers and the community members neighboring the school. Over 420 girls, women and men (400 girls and 20 men) were given skills on girl’s health and hygiene as well as making local re-usable sanitary pads.
Sessions on children’s parliament was also organized in order to strengthen the child rights club members to hold children’s parliament as a form of child to child initiative on preventing violence against children and adolescents. Members were again taken through the operation of children’s parliaments which is a platform through which children discuss issues that affect them and come up with local solutions/recommendations through petitions to the policy makers.
To help girls manage their health challenges in schools, schools were also supported with sanitary towels and other materials which are intended to be used by the children in making the re-usable sanitary pads whenever they face a related health challenge. This is intended to address the negative effects that results from the failure of girls to access the sanitary pads at school.
|Kiburara p/s girls P6-P7 being trained how to make re-usable sanitary pads|