INCLUDE PERSONAL HYGIENE, SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOL’S CURRICULUM
By Ukpa Ewa :
Awka, Nov. 5, 2019 (MOI) Include personal hygiene and sex education in secondary school’s curriculum, stakeholders have stressed.
The stakeholders in the Nigerian Girl’s Guide Association, Anambra State Chapter said this during one-day leadership training for secondary school students in Awka.
The training has a theme: ``Empowering Girls for Brighter Tomorrow’’.
Addressing participants, State Commissioner, Girl’s Guide Dr Helen Obi, who spoke on ``Menstrual Hygiene Management’’, said that menstrual hygiene management was one of the educational programmes carried out by the association.
According to her, menstruation is what girls go through as part of their life and it is good that they know the details during early stages of their life to prevent diseases.
``Often times, we discover that girls are not well informed about what they ought to know in this era, where there are lots of diseases.’’
The commissioner, however, urged girls to guard themselves during the period, as menstruation was their pride.
``There is need for them to be well informed about sex education, so they don't make life time mistakes they can regret.
``Sex education should be part of the curriculum because girls now know about sex through the social media, more so, they acquire the knowledge without being properly taught.
``Include sex education in secondary school curriculum so they know the right thing and overcome certain myths during early stages of their life.’’
In a lecture on Menstrual Management, retired Chief Nursing Officer, UNTH, Enugu, Mrs Dorathy Obionwu said pains or cramps being witnessed during menstrual flow was normal and exposed girls to different stages of life.
She urged them not to be deceived that sex during menstruation would ease their pains, stressing that it would not only lead them to unwanted pregnancies but could destroy their future.
In separate remarks, two of the girls, Miss Ifechukwu Onwuzulike and Kamsy Okpara commended their leaders for such a programme, saying they had learnt a lot on how to manage themselves during such periods and how to produce re-usable sanitary pads.
They called on other colleagues to join the association and start benefiting from it.
The event was capped by leadership training, distribution of sanitary pads to participants and making of re-useable pads to save costs as taught them by Miss Chinwe Chukwuma. (MOI)