Rubanda students get reproductive health skills

By APN Reporter


At least 425 adolescent-school girls from Rubanda District have been trained about reproductive Health and life schools with the aim of avoiding school dropouts.
The schools embracing the  Girls Empowerment Program of Rukundo International, a nonprofit organization working in Kabale and Rubanda Districts also taught girls how to avoid getting HIV, among other diseases.
The training benefited six primary schools from Rubanda District. While graduating the girls, the Rukundo International Programs Manager Steven Magezi urged school leaders, religious leaders, and the general public to empower and educate girls for a better future.

“A girl should not be forced to marry so young that her body is not ready for reproduction. But too many are engaged to be married when they, in fact, should be in school. Our girls need to see a way to the future. And the way is Education” Steven Magezi said.

The Head Teacher for Nyaruhanga Primary School Mr Kamotoka Moses thanked Rukundo International for assisting the girls with the knowledge on body changs, and said teenage pregnancy would be history in the near future.
“Our girls have been trained on how to respond to body changes as they grow ,and how to take and respond to them. They have also learned skills where they earn little money to buy scholastic materials themselves. This prevents them from being lured into bad acts by the opposite sex. School dropouts will end in the near future if such trainings continue” Kamotoka said.

Molly Orikurungi, the Girls Empowerment Coordinator at Rukundo International said that at least 1,444 teenage girls have been trained since the inception of the program in 2015.
Orikurungi said she believes that the training will minimize school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, and poverty.
The girls also received workbooks to assist them during covid-19 lockdown from Rukundo International.
Last year, more than one thousand teenage girls became pregnant in Kabale District, according to the Kabale District Health Officer (DHO) Alfred Besigensi. However, none of them was under the Girls Empowerment Program of Rukundo International.
Globally, approximately 16 million girls aged between 15-19  and 2 million under 15 years become pregnant every year, the vast majority coming from the poorest, Low, and Middle-income Countries.
It’s also estimated that 12 million adolescent girls aged between 10-19 give birth annually.