In keeping with its mandate of saving lives, the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has carried out a campaign on menstrual issues to mark this year’s menstrual hygiene day to selected schools in Guyuk and Jada local government areas of Adamawa state to increase public awareness.
The campaign, which also witnessed the trainings of various stakeholders, teachers, male and female children among others was funded by Netherland Directorate General for International Cooperation, Accelerated sanitation and water for all programme (DGIS-ASWA 11) through UNICEFF.
Speaking during a field trip of UNICEF team and journalists to one of the benefiting schools in Tsohon Tikke Primary School in Jada local government area, the head teacher of the school, Musa Umar said the training was a significant milestone in the history of the school, which has changed the psyche of the pupils, who were now better equipped on menstrual hygiene and how to take care of themselves during menstruation.
He further noted that the students were not only better equipped to handle their menstrual issues but also were in the forefront of campaign against stigmatisation and other harmful cultural practices surrounding menstrual issues and commended UNICEF for not only providing them with menstrual items such reausable pads but also with facilities like boreholes, modern toilets for boys and girls among others.
Also speaking, the WASH coordinator for Jada local government area, Obadiah David said they had visited so many schools in the area and imparted the knowledge on the management to further step it down to the pupils, stressing that no fewer than 60 children from 13-17 years across 20 schools in the local government had so far benefited from the training.