RNF engages education stakeholders on menstrual hygiene management
The Rose Namayanja Foundation in partnership with a team from the Ministry of Education and Sports last week held a menstrual hygiene management training session at Kasangombe Sub County headquarters in Nakaseke District.
The purpose of the training was to sensitize the district educational stakeholders on the importance of menstrual hygiene management and ways of helping the girl child cope during their menstrual cycles while at school.
While addressing the session, Hon Rose Namayanja Nsereko urged the teachers to emphasize mindset change of males and learners towards menstrual hygiene management in-order to reduce stigma in schools.
“We need to change parents’ attitude towards menstrual hygiene management for their children. It’s our communal responsibility to keep girls in schools.” Namayanja urged.
She rallied the district leadership to prioritize menstrual hygiene management in schools, this she said will help increase the school retention rate for the girl child. She added that the foundation would continue working hand in hand with the education ministry in empowering the teachers who would in turn help the girl child in menstrual hygiene management.
Namayanja further called on the school management committees (SMC) to remind parents of their responsibilities in upbringing of their children by providing menstrual pads for them.
On his part, Mr. Daniel Amanyire emphasized the need for keeping children in schools as a way of mitigating crime in their communities.
“It’s the responsibility of the leaders in society to engage parents on the need for keeping their children in schools. We need to empower the youth by keeping them in school.” Amanyire said.
He also urged the school management to maintain good hygiene in schools as this was a major issue in the girl child school retention, adding that schools needed to be supportive and accommodative of all their learners.
At the end of the session, the participants were given reading materials to help them better understand menstrual hygiene management. They were also encouraged to share the information gained with their communities.
Menstruation has been identified as one of the major causes of low enrollment, performance and progression of the girl child in school. This is because of it is associated with negativity in several societies sometimes requiring isolation as well as prohibitions from engaging in normal daily activities. Through such engagements with key stakeholders, the foundation seeks to create awareness on menstrual hygiene management with the aim of reducing the stigma associated with menstruation.