Thanks to a generous grant from the Lalor Burdick Foundation we have been able to deepen the content of our Girls’ Health Education Program, and for the first time to lay the foundations of a parallel initiative for boys.
Two girls and a senior woman teacher from each of the 14 Kasiisi Project schools attended a 3 day residential Sexual Health Education workshop at the Makerere University Biological Field Station ,led by Ainembabazi Rachel of the Jane Goodall Institute (Uganda) to train them to be Health Peer Educators and to be a resource for other girls at their schools.
She was assisted by Field Director Debi Hoege, Basemera Eve, Kasiisi Project nurse and graduate of the Kasiisi Project Scholarship Program, and Nurse Lucy of the Kibale Health and Conservation Project.
Following the workshop girls from 7 of the schools are engaging in a series of projects to enrich and support what was learned in the workshops.
Supervised by Nurse Eve girls will debate gender roles, take part in drama and music competitions, and write essays about the challenges and joys of being a girl.
The first activity chosen by the schools was to design and plant “Secret Gardens” – private space with trees and flowers where girls can gather and talk about life skills and the issues that are important to their health, happiness and academic success..
The gardens will have signs, painted by the students highlighting the facts they had learned from the workshop.