Ansarul Islamic Secondary School embraces Menstrual Hygiene Messages
Ansarul Islamic Secondary School, one of the Muslim Schools in the east end of Freetown, has embraced the Menstrual Hygiene Messages delivered by the Water and Sanitation Media Network as a continued effort.
Welcoming the team on Thursday, one of the teachers Mr. Iyne Barbah expressed delight on the stance the media has taken to help complement the strides of the Government in keeping the Girl Child in school, assuring the visitors of their preparedness to raise more awareness on menstrual issues.
Addressing the staff and pupils of the school, Mr. Mohamed Osman Bangura aka Political of the Watch Newspaper expressed gratitude to the Principal, staff and pupils for according the organisation the opportunity to speak on menstrual issues at the school.
He noted that for a long time, parents and some school authorities have been shying away from discussions related to menstrual issues. “As a result of this, there has been a lot of embarrassing situations forcing many girls to stay away from school for days even during examination period. If we want our girls to stay in school during their menstrual period, we all need to educate them about the Menstrual Chat, how to get themselves ready for this period, what to do and how to clean themselves. As it is natural, the boys must be sensitive to the plight of the girls and not make mockery of them,” he told the assembly of pupils.
Mr Bangura commended the strides of Orange Mobile Company, Girl Child Network, UNICEF and other organisations in distributing menstrual packs to schools for deprived children.
With the lack of adequate wash facilities in some schools, he admonished the female teachers to assist the girls with menstrual packs so that they do the necessary changes in the washrooms and go back to class.
On the part of the parents, he admonished them not to consider it as a taboo as there is the need to educate the children on issues relating to menstrual hygiene and how to address them when it happens earlier than the expected period.
The pupils expressed appreciation for the advocacy and promised to make use of the opportunity accorded them.
By Mustapha Sesay
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