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NGO trains school girls on hy­giene in Kaduna

- By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day Society · Kaduna State

To mark the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child 2020, the Kin­dling Hope Across Na­tions Ini­tia­tive (KHAN) team sen­si­tised girls from the Gov­ern­ment Se­condary School (GSS) Kwangila in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The day is set aside to cel­e­brate girls ev­ery year with the theme for 2020 be­ing, “My voice, our equal fu­ture”.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from KHAN, it said, it saw the need to train girls on how to make re­us­able san­i­tary pads as it was dis­cov­ered that most girls can­not af­ford san­i­tary pads. Th­ese girls were within the age range of 10-19 years.

The Se­nior Pro­gramme Of­fi­cer of KHAN, Ozohu Otonoku, said the global day started in 2012 aris­ing from the need to high­light and ad­dress the needs and chal­lenges girls face, while pro­mot­ing girls’ em­pow­er­ment and the ful­fill­ment of their hu­man rights.

A team mem­ber, Mary Bala, sen­si­tised the stu­dents on men­strual hy­giene and how im­per­a­tive it was to main­tain a healthy hy­gienic prac­tice when men­stru­at­ing in or­der to avoid in­fec­tion.

The firm em­pha­sized on hy­gienic prac­tices by the stu­dents such as hav­ing reg­u­lar bath, shav­ing the pu­bic re­gion with a clean blade and hav­ing a reg­u­lar change of their san­i­tary pad.

Par­tic­i­pants were also split into two groups for a prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tion on how to make re­us­able san­i­tary pads us­ing three meth­ods.

The Prin­ci­pal, GSS, Kwangila, Mrs. Maryam A. Suleiman, along with the teach­ers who were trained promised to repli­cate the train­ing to other stu­dents.

For the girls and the tai­lors present, they com­mit­ted to mak­ing more re­us­able pads af­ford­able so they can eke a liv­ing from it.

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