Gambia: Region 1 home economics teachers trained in reusable sanitary napkins


Last Friday, the Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) team under the aegis of Curriculum Research Assessment and Development at the Directorate of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has concluded a five-day capacity building for twenty-six home economics teachers from region one.

During the five-day intensive training, 26 home economics teachers from different schools in Region 1 were trained in sewing reusable sanitary napkins before receiving certificates from CHE.

The participants have been trained by Girls’ Pride and are expected to initiate progressive training for students from their different schools.

CHE under the Project – Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education in The Gambia, is an implementation research project carried out by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education funded by the Research Center for International Development (IDRC), Canada.

During the training, the participants developed a project called Pretty Girls’ Corner, which will be implemented in the 26 different schools. The project aims to establish a bank of reusable sanitary napkins in schools’ home economics laboratories, as the project initiators (trained teachers) will train their colleagues and students, boys and girls, in the sewing of handmade reusable napkins during their practical sessions.

Addressing the participants, Ms. Phebian Ina Grant-Sagnia, Principal Researcher of the project in Region 1, gave a general overview of the training, which she said started from research done in 2020 where more than 40 schools were interviewed – public and private, boys and girls (pupils) of upper secondary and upper secondary schools (in schools). And out of school too, boys and girls aged 15-19 in 28 wards of Greater Banjul in Region 1 covering Banjul to Abuko.

The training, she added, also focused on hygiene management, saying it was observed in schools and the other reason for the training is that in schools, students and their teachers have problems with hygiene management, especially on how young girls dispose of their sanitary pads. in nearby schools.

Ms. Grant-Sagnia elaborated on the material used for the production, while thanking the participants, the trainers and the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada, for funding the strengthening of access to quality comprehensive health education for in-school and out-of-school people in The Gambia. and Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Curriculum Research Assessment and Development Branch for implementation.

The trainer, Fatoumatta Jabbi-Kassama, Founder and CEO of Girls’ Pride, expressed her satisfaction with the performance of the trainees, saying that the best part of the training for her is their developed project called Pretty Girls’ Corner.

She explained that Pretty Girls’ Corner is a project of the trained teachers of the 26 schools, where each student will be trained and at the end they will sew sanitary pads from the pad bank created in the schools for themselves and their friends.

Mrs. Kaddijatou Jobarteh, on behalf of the Director of CREDD, congratulated the participants for having successfully completed the training, while thanking all those who contributed to the project.

Among the initiators of the Pretty Girls Corner were Isatou Mballow -Aji Sukai Ndateh SSS; Zainab Conteh – UBS New Life; Saffiatou A Jallow-Latrikunda Sabiji UBS/SSS; Haddy Jobe – New Alliance; Isatou H. Jallow -Gambia SSS; Dalanda Jallow-Kotu SSS; Anna C. Asante-Bakoteh UBS/SSS; Fatou Sarjo – SSS of Greater Banjul; Veronic Mendy – Kanifing UBS/SSS; Michelle Rose Mendy -SoS L/UBS; Bintou Hydara-Garba Jahumpa UBS; Kaddijatou Jallow-Charles Jow Memorial Academy; Fatima Jammeh, Salimata Drammeh – Tadamun Islamic Center; Matty Cham-ABC UBS/SSS; Maimuna Jah – Muslim SSS; Mary A. Kaikai -Ndows Complete; Awa Kuyateh – Carter Basic Cycle; Fatou M. Joof-UBS of Saint-Augustin; Ndumbeh AK Sallah-Tallinding UBS; Ramatu A. Sankoh-Brimaw UBS; Jacinta Ajikch Alghali -UBS Sainte Thérèse; Olly Bamba-St Joseph UBS; Sainey Bittaye, Latrikunda UBS and Paulina Nyacki Lusack-Bakau UBS.


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