Girl Up Initiative Uganda’s girls sexual and reproductive trainings are important to the communities we serve, and are just one of the topics offered in our programming for girls. Often these topics aren’t taught at home or in schools. It’s important that our girls have a basic understanding of how their bodies work as these topics have direct impacts on their ability to make informed decisions.
On Wednesday, September 23rd, Girl Up Initiative Uganda held an educational training for 80 girls at Murchison Bay Primary School. It focused on Adolescent SRH (sexual and reproductive health) with our health resource person, Haja, a young woman nurse from Luzira. It was so successful that the headmaster has requested that GUIU present this information for the whole school on Friday so more girls can benefit from what was taught! Luckily, Haja was available and willing to come to educate the girls on important sexual and reproductive health matters. One of the reasons it was so successful is because this crucial information is often not readily available for young people, resulting in myths and false stories being circulating around sexual and reproductive health matters.
The topics that were covered included the dangers of early sex and pregnancy, cancers (such as HPV and cervical cancer), and more.
The main questions that came up from the girls were around early pregnancy: “How can a girl have a baby if she is only 13? How do you breastfeed when you are so young?”
The questions were typical of any young girl trying to get her head around the science of her body. If you’ve never had your period, how can you get pregnant? Girl Up’s training creates a safe space for awkward giggles and personal questions, where no question is stupid and every one is a learning opportunity.
Most importantly, girls get access to real, honest answers that help them make responsible decisions about their bodies. And if they know how to avoid unplanned pregnancies, they CAN make plans around successfully completing secondary school, improving their chances for a good adult life.
Do you have experience teaching girls sexual and reproductive health classes? Comment below – we’d love to hear about your experiences on this subject.