Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Girls Guide calls for inclusion of Personal Hygiene and Sex Education in secondary school curriculum

By : Ukpa Ewa

The Anambra state chapter of Nigerian Association of Girls Guide, NGGA, has called for the inclusion of Personal Hygiene and sex education in secondary school curriculum for the proper development of the girls child. 

The state Commissioner Commissioner of NGGA,  Dr. Helen Obi made this known in a one day leadership training for secondary students in Akwa on the theme: " Empowering Girls for Brighter Tomorrow"

Dr. Obi opined that, mensuration being a vital component in the growth process of the girl child, there's a necessity for young girls to be acquainted with the netigrithy of their menstrual circle at the early stage of their life. This she said will assist in preventing diseases.

"Often time, we discover that girls were not well informed of what they ought to know in this era where there is lots of diseases ". She noted. 

The commissioner however advised girls to guard themselves as menstruation was their pride and there was need for them to be well informed about sex education so they don't make life time mistakes they will stand to regret.

" Sex education should be part of the curriculum because girls now know about sex through the social media more so, they acquire this knowledge without been taught".

The state commissioner however called on relevant bodies to as a matter of necessity include the teaching of sexual education in the educational curriculum of secondary schools. 

"Sex education in secondary school curriculum so they know the right thing and overcome certain myths at the early stage of their life". She advised. 

In a lecture on Menstrual Management, a retired Chief Nursing Officer UNTH, Enugu, Mrs. Dorothy 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 will ease their pains stating that it will not only lead them to unwanted pregnancy but destroy their future.

In their separate remarks, two of the Guides, Miss Ifechukwu Onwuzulike and Kamsy Okpara commended their leaders for such a program saying they have learnt a lot on how to manage themselves during their period and  how to produced a re- usable sanitary pads.

They called on other girls to join the association and start benefiting from it.

The event was capped with , leadership training, distribution of sanitary pads to participants and Making of re -useable pad to save cost taught by Miss. Chinwe Chukwuma.