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Schooling girls and boys implicated in sexual and reproductive health

To improve hygiene, health, and menstrual hygiene, as well as sexual and reproductive health among young people and adolescents in schools, SaCoDé is implementing the three-star school approach by training Aunties and school management committees, setting up and supporting school clubs, building WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) infrastructure, and distributing washable and reusable sanitary pads to girls in schools. During this period, 63 school clubs were organized, with 1,890 participants, including 1,238 girls and 620 boys. More than 7 themes were addressed: Pregnancy concerns boys and girls, Protect yourself against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), Definitions of some hygiene and sanitation concepts, Introduction to SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health) (Sexual and Reproductive Health) (Sexual and Reproductive Health), Sex education for adolescents and young people (lesson 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7....), Hygiene and sanitation in schools, Body and clothing hygiene, Main diseases linked to poor hygiene and sanitation, Menstrual hygiene and management.

Help Us Empower Women, and Youth in School-based hygiene, menstrual health and hygiene, and sexual and reproductive health education for gender-sensitive adolescents and youth
  • Using the 3-Star Schools approach, this business line aims to improve the school environment for students and teachers. To move from a 0-star school to a 3-star school, this approach encourages schools to consider hygiene issues.

  • Training of school aunts and fathers: The Government of Burundi has implemented the system of school aunts and fathers. These educators must be strengthened to be able to advise, guide, and accompany pupils on topics such as hygiene, health, menstrual hygiene, and SRH.

  • Establishment of school clubs: Aunts and Fathers who participate in these trainings will be able to establish school clubs to educate and sensitize their students on issues related to hygiene, health, menstrual hygiene, and sexual reproductive health. Students will be encouraged to join these clubs to receive comprehensive training according to a lesson plan agreed upon during the training. SRH includes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse as well as the fight against gender-based violence (GBV).

  • Education and awareness: School clubs are run by trained educators every week. Educators use the manuals used for their prior training to train members of the school club. The teachers work with the club members to find ways to share the key messages from the clubs with the rest of the school so that everyone benefits from the information.

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