ARUA.The teachers of Obi primary school in Omugo sub-county, Terego east constituency, Arua district with support from UNICEF yesterday launched monthly education of pupils on reproductive health and adolescent body changes.
The school is among the seventy-five schools in Arua district selected to implement the program to reduce dilemma on the management of body changes especially in adolescents which confuse school going age children to indulge into early sex leading to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), teenage pregnancies and high school dropouts.
The acting deputy headteacher of the school Ms Nikoline Ocitiru stated that they have seriously considered allocating the limited time for the normal running of programmed school activities to eliminate the mentioned problems that are rampant in their school.
“I am optimistic this program is going to redeem our pupils from anti-social behaviour, misguiding messages from peers which contradict the culture and protection against STI’s and defilement,” Ms Ocitiru stated.
The girls and the boys were combined together unlike the usual way the sex education was done traditionally where the two sexes were separated to be taught independently.
The senior woman teacher from the school Monika Atako who drilled the pupils about the management of wet dreams in boys and menstruation period explained that it is important for boys and men to know about the management of menstruation period.
“We learned from the training organized by UNICEF recently at the district level in Arua public primary school that the boys should be taught together with girls on the management of menstruation periods to eliminate stigma and shape the mindset of the male gender to help the girls during the monthly cycle,” Ms Atako explained.
To accomplish this objective she trained boys on the usage of appropriate materials like sanitary pads to allow them to help their less privileged sisters at homes who are not given the right guidelines by the parents.
Ms Joyce Ondoru another teacher from the school helped the pupils to identify both the primary and secondary sex characteristics and cautioned them to defy negative advice from peers and myths that may land them into problems.
“These changes are normal they occur in everybody when you boys begin to erect and experience wet dreams it doesn’t mean you are ready for sex and girls don’t be shy and develop sexual desire after menstruation,” Ms Ondoru lamented.
Last year two girls from the school dropped including a thirteen-year-old pupil due to pregnancy and teenage marriages in the area are high due to negative influence from Kubala market.