Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity

by chance4all
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity
Workshop on Reproductive and Health Rights
Workshop on Reproductive and Health Rights

Workshop on Reproductive and Health Rights and beyond

In August, Chance4all held another successful workshop on reproductive and health rights. The girls that participated were from local schools in Bauleni, namely Prince Takamado Primary School, Bauleni Secondary and girls from Youth Armoury soccer Academy (YASA FC). This was held at Bauleni Secondary school in Lusaka.

The following topics were discussed:

  • Contraceptives and Reproductive health
  • Mental health awareness
  • Addiction
  • Menstrual health, hygiene and myths associated with menstruation
  • Introduction of menstrual cups and feedback from our cup ambassadors and
  • Use of reusable pads, their benefits and maintenance.

Our cup ambassadors, who received cups at the last workshop, came to talk about their experience and they delivered the following comments:

  • The use of the cup saves money;
  • There is no reason to miss class as the cup is comfortable and easy to maintain (clean) even at school;
  • No need to worry about changing the cup as it is the case with regular pads;
  • The cup also has a lot of health benefits as compared to regular pads. For example, most girls experience discomfort, rash and other irritations as a result of using regular pads;
  • The cup has helped in increasing self-esteem and confidence as there is no worrying about messing up clothes;
  • The cup has also proven to be more reliable than regular pads: with a cup it is possible to be very active in sports even during periods;
  • There is need to also educate boys about menstrual education, to assist in combatting discrimination that girls experience during menstruation.

For the first time, this workshop was also open to boys. The boys participated and were particularly interested in the aspects of sexual reproductive health, mental health awareness and effects of gaming.

The following items were distributed to the girls and boys:

  • Washing power;
  • Bathing soap;
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush;
  • Snack pack, fruits and juice;
  • Girls also received re-usable sanitary pads.

These workshops are very successful and more schools are asking Chance4all to organize them to raise awareness on these topics and fight discrimination between girls and boys.

Chance4All continues its work in the Bauleni community, we serve through education, workshops, but also hands-on activities such as our monthly cleanup, and new experiences such as the visit to an organic farm in Lusaka, where the students had the opportunity to see farm animals and learn about organic farming and breeding.

Stay tuned for our next report…

Workshop on Reproductive and Health Rights
Workshop on Reproductive and Health Rights
Boys Attendance at the Workshop
Boys Attendance at the Workshop
Nurse and Chance4all 's team delivering sessions
Nurse and Chance4all 's team delivering sessions
Monthly Clean up
Monthly Clean up
Visit to Organic Farm in June 2022
Visit to Organic Farm in June 2022
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Our last workshop on “Menstrual Education and Sexual Reproductive Health” was held in April 2022: 54 girls from three different schools attended this workshop. During the workshop, the following topics were discussed by professionals (nurse, social worker) and staff from Chance4all:

  • Contraceptives and Reproductive health;
  • Mental health awareness;
  • Menstrual health, hygiene and myths associated with menstruation;
  • Introduction of menstrual cups; and
  • Use of reusable pads, their benefits and maintenance.

At the end of the workshop the following items were distributed to the girls.

  • Re –useable pads five pairs per  individual
  • Washing power
  • Bathing soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Snack pack, fruits and juice.

13 GIRLS were selected as cup ambassadors and will receive a cup. During our next workshop we will invite these ambassadors to speak about their experience.

We intend to include boys in our next workshop and include topics of substance abuse.

Stay tuned for our next report...

In the meantime, enjoy the video made by one of our students at Chance4all in collaboration with another student of the world

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In March 2021 the "Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity" project was launched successfully with a workshop on Sexual  Reproductive Health. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases increased to an alarming level at the beginning of June 2021, resulting in the closure of schools from June 17th to August 23rd. Consequently, Chance4all had to put the sensitization project on hold and was not able to conduct a second workshop, as initially planned, until November 2021. 

However, with the re-opening of schools at the end of August mentoring meetings for girls resumed, and a second workshop was carried out in November, where girls from other schools within the Bauleni community could participate. The insights from our reporting with the Menstrual Cup Ambassadors, as well as the feedback from the first workshop in April provided us with a good baseline for this upcoming workshop. 

The second workshop was held on November 4th 2021 at the multipurpose center (Space4all), and focused on menstrual health education, sexual reproductive health and mental health (the detailed program is attached). Our focus age-group ranged from Grade 5 to Grade 8 and included 30 girls and 30 guardians of which 8 girls came from chance4all and 22 from Bauleni Special Needs School.

The attendance was high, and very interactive. The guardians that attended showed positive attitude toward the program as they actively participated and requested continuation of such workshops. They also requested for workshops to show them how to make reusable pads.

With the results obtained through these activities and the feedback we received, we are encouraged to continue this project and we will work toward extending the workshops to other schools and districts, COVID restrictions permitting. Our plan for 2022 is to spread ths workshop to other schools within the community. Again, we take this opportunity to recognize the generous support we receive knowing full well that all this would not be possible without you!

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Meeting with the Taula cup ambassadors
Meeting with the Taula cup ambassadors

In March 2021 the "Educate Girls in Zambia on Gender Equity" project was launched successfully with a workshop on Sexual  Reproductive Health reproduction. The workshop included presentations on sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive methods as well as mental well-being, gender equity, gender based violence and menstrual hygiene. The workshop was well received by 25 girls and their mothers. As part of the workshop we introduced the ‘taula menstrual cup’ to the girls and solicitated the participation of 10 girls as our menstrual cup ambassadors. The project with the cup ambassadors has generated a lot of positive feedback. Reports from several formal and informal meetings with the group of cup ambassadors, has showed that 8 out of the selected 10 girls are regularly using the cup and are satisfied with the freedom and flexibility it afforded them. Chance4all is following up with the feedback of  the outstanding 2 ambassadors.

The majority of cup ambassadors have expressed the wish to receive more guidelines about the proper use of the cup, which Chance4all will integrate in upcoming sessions. The ambassadors have done an excellent job in spreading the benefits of a menstrual cup with their peers, leading to an increased number of requests directed to Chance4all staff to run another workshop and include more cup ambassadors into the project. We have received positive and enquiring requests from some parents showing interest to be invited to the next workshop, as they have heard about the project from their children. The concept has therefore potentially initiated some discussions at home and raised awareness for the topic of sexual reproductive health, which is a long-term goal of the project. 

Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases in Zambia had increased to an alarming level at the beginning of June 2021, resulting in the closure of schools from June 17th to August 23rd. Consequently, Chance4all had to put the sensitization project on hold and was not able to conduct a second workshop as initially planned. During these difficult times, Chance4all however stayed committed to continue to support gender equity by providing distance learning services not only to the female students but also to the community. Apart from regularly checking-in on the well-being of all students and their families, Chance4all students received homework packages in 5 subjects which provided them access for self-learning .

With the re-opening of school at the end of August mentoring meetings with the girls have re-started, and a second workshop is planned for November, where girls from other schools within the Bauleni community should participate. The insights from our reporting with the Cup Ambassadors as well as the feedback from the first workshop in April have provided us with a good baseline for this upcoming workshop. 

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Workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health
Workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health

In March 2021 Chance4All  launched a  new project on GlobalGiving with a focus on Gender Equity and Girls' Education. 

The objectives of the project are to address issues that trigger poor attendance in school and to address the issue of gender equity. Poor attendance has been exacerbated as a result of COVID- 19. The focus of the intervention will be to reduce the number of out of school girls in the long-term and we aim to address this through:

- school sessions and safe counselling groups. We will provide awareness and sensitize the students (including teenage boys) on the benefits of gender equity in education. 

- school-based meetings held with boys and girls, together or separately depending on the topic, and in collaboration with the guidance of counselling professionals, the project shall address safeguarding issues such as gender equality, child protection & gender inclusion, and create awareness of sexual health education in the Bauleni  Community. 

- girls will be educated about their basic human rights, the benefits of not dropping out of school, equip them with tools to ensure their well-being and safety.

Pilot Workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health

In April 2021, the Pilot workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health was held at Space4all. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we had to limit the  numbers to 25 female students and their mothers. We were pleased to have the organization Talula Cup partner with us to make a presentation on Menstruation and Puberty, as well as introducing the menstrual cup. The workshop also included presentations on sexuality, sexually transmitted infections and contraceptive methods as well as mental well-being, gender equity and gender based violence. 

10 girls were identified to volunteer to receive the menstrual cup and  to report their views on the cups over the next 3 months. They will report on  how they are dealing with the cup  and maintain a record on the effect of the use of the  menstrual cup on their absenteeism from school due to their monthly period. Through these “Cup Ambassadors”, we hope their learnings will be shared back to  the community and can encourage their friends to  also try out the cup.

With the funds  raised we handed out a package of reusable pads and body soap to all girls. The  outcome of this first workshop was very encouraging as the audience asked many questions and the feedback from the participants was very positive. We look forward to facilitating the next workshop. 

In May, Chance4all conducted an anonymous survey with 76 girls from Grade 7 to 9 from Bauleni Special Needs Project to gather further data on how menstruation impacts their school attendance and what actions could be taken for them to not miss school. Although final conclusions cannot yet be made, the survey revealed some interesting findings: firstly, one quarter of the respondents claimed to have at least one sister of  school going age who does NOT go to school. Secondly over half of the respondents claimed to miss at least one day of school per month because of their period. Thirdly, the survey has also shown that nearly 40% of the girls do not talk much  or not talk at all to their mothers about their period, which supports our approach of inviting the mothers to our workshops on the topic. Finally, the survey  revealed that there is a big  curiosity towards the menstrual cup which fits very well with the approach of having cup ambassadors to disseminate information. We are optimistic that we’ll be able to increase the number of the ambassadors in the near future. Overall, the insights from this survey give us valuable information for further interventions and are a good baseline for the upcoming workshops.

Outlook

A follow-up sensitization workshop with a different group of girls from Bauleni Special Needs Project is planned for August/September 2021, as we continue to receive the feedback and reporting from the Cup Ambassadors .The findings will be used to inform our future project activities. We hope to start a conversation on the benefits of gender equity. 

Workshop
Workshop
Parents being talked to on gender equity
Parents being talked to on gender equity
Talula cup presentation
Talula cup presentation
Survey on Menstrual Hygiene Management
Survey on Menstrual Hygiene Management
Sexual Reproductive Health
Sexual Reproductive Health

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