News Reel – March 2010

International Day Of Zero Tolerance To Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

On the 5th of February 2010, AHI marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation at St. Luke Junior Grammar School 1, Bariga, themed “Youth Participation: Addressing Female Genital Mutilation”.

The event kicked off with a presentation on the effects and consequences of FGM, where and how it is been practiced and why it should be eliminated. Students were also enlightened about the damages caused by FGM which include intense pain in the genital area, internal/external bleeding, infections, infertility or even death.

Over 1,000 young people were reached and AHI newsletter and other IEC materials were distributed to the students. Participating schools including neighboring schools from: Eva Adelaja Girls Junior Grammar School, Ajayi Crowther Memorial Secondary School 1, Ajayi Memorial Secondary School 2, Gbagada Memorial Comprehensive Junior High School 1 and Gbagada Comprehensive Junior High School 2.

St. Valentine’s Day

On Friday, 12th February 2010, AHI organized a Valentine’s Day programme at Ikosi Senior Grammar School, Ketu. The Health and Life Planning Club (HLPC) members of the school entertained participants with a song rendition titled “Lean On Me” by Michael Bolton followed by a presentation on “Youth Participation: Encouraging a Healthy Relationship.”

Students were advised on the importance and gain of keeping healthy relationship in order to achieve their set of goals in life. The programme was well attended by students from Ikosi Senior Grammar School, coordinating teachers, and HLPC patron.

International Women’s Day

The annual theme “Men and Women United to End Violence against Women and Girls” celebrated the 2010 international women’s day held at Ajao Estate Junior High School on March 9, 2010.

The AHI representatives gave presentation on sexual harassment, sexual abuse or harmful traditional practices and gender roles. The presentation focused on the importance of education for the girl child. The presentation also discussed the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls. The session was very participatory and attracted a total of 50 Health and Life Planning members from neighboring schools including Apostolic Faith High School, Anthony and Aladura Comprehensive High School, Anthony.

200 Anti Smoking Ambassadors Trained

Action Health Incorporated organized a 3-day peer Education Training on “youth smoking prevention” for 200 young people and 10 coordinating teachers from 22nd – 27th February 2010. The training workshop which was held for students I four batches focused on providing factual information on the effects of cigarette smoking on young people. Overall evaluation of the training revealed significant increase as well as improvement in deposition towards reducing underage smoking among people.

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