"I now understand why my wife behaves this and that other way. I am so shameful for blaming her to not be able to control our birth, but know i see how critical this is. I can only imagine how confused and stressed a young girl is when going through this."
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One year ago, you chose to support the training of teachers in menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in 10 schools in Eastern Province, Rwanda, to increase knowledge and skills in MHM mong teachers, students and the Rwandan community in general.
Due to your funding support, we have been able to conduct a teacher training for 52 teachers and headmasters. Our main target is to see this team of educators become catalysts in breaking the silence around menstruation and to train their students and fellow colleagues about proper MHM at their schools and in their communities. Since the 90-day report, we have conducted a refresher training at every school, and another in-service for teachers to evaluate the training sessions and manual and raise any outstanding questions. The results of this in-service will inform how we revise our teacher training manual and develop student materials. In the meantime, the teachers have trained over 500 students in MHM. We have also conducted MHM awareness workshops at several schools and camps throughout Rwanda.
One teacher among the participants, after having attended the menstrual cycle process, a topic that took us much time to make understandable, he said: "I now understand why my wife behaves this and that other way. I am so shameful for blaming her to not be able to control our birth, but know i see how critical this is. I can only imagine how confused and stressed a young girl is when going through this. How do they make it by the way......"
Risks and challenges
During the first teacher training, we were challenged by time. Since it is a very sensitive topic, it was deemed important for us as trainers to allocate more time than planned to clarify certain points. Thus were not able to fully cover other subjects related to menstruation and menstrual hygiene. This was compounded by the relative scarcity of breaks in the school calendar during which teachers were available for the refresher training and the final in-service. In addition, we found that the Ministry of Education delayed the implementation of after-school MHM clubs in which teachers could train students in MHM. However, the schools themselves either formed their own MHM clubs or added the MHM training to existing clubs related to health.
What we’ve learned
We have learned that due to the complexity of the topic of MHM and the lack of knowledge around the subject, teacher training requires more time and detail than we realized. At the same time, teachers don't have time to read a manual of over 200 pages. As such, we need to plan trainings in advance around the school calendar, revise the manual to make it more concise, and follow up with schools to ensure that students are being trained. One school did not conduct trainings, but another imparted knowledge to students so well that the students then put on a play about MHM and performed it for the rest of the school and community. Therefore, we hope to encourage the schools to work together to disseminate best practices and aid lagging schools.
[As a next step, we intend to revise the teacher training manual, and create student educational materials such as booklets and posters, using participatory processes to gain input from students as to what they want. While our ultimate goal is to have teacher trainings replicated at the national level through the Ministry of Education, we will conduct additional training of trainers until national adoption of our curriculum is achieved.
The budget was used to conduct the initial teacher training in-service in November 2014.
Amount spent so far
Training Hall Rent
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Training teachers the ABCs on menstrual hygiene
November 25, 2014
At Sustainable Health Enterprises, we have been thriving to increase knowledge and skills on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) among teachers, students, and the Rwandan community in general. Because of your support, we have been able to conduct a teacher training for 52 teachers and headmasters from the Eastern province of Rwanda. Our main target is to see this team of educators become catalysts in breaking the silence around menstruation and to train their students and fellow colleagues about proper menstrual hygiene management at their schools and in their communities.
Risks and challenges
During the teacher training, we encountered some challenges. Since this is a very sensitive topic, it was deemed important for us as trainers to allocate more time than planned to clarify certain points. As a result we were not able to fully cover other subjects related to menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
After having attended the menstrual cycle process training, a topic that took us much time to make understandable, one teacher said:" I now understand why my wife behaves this and that other way. I am ashamed for blaming her for not being able to control our birth, and now I see how critical this knowledge is. I can only imagine how confused and stressed a young girl is when going through this. How do they make it by the way!?"
We are looking forward to hosting individual meetings to all of our ten schools to discuss how they are planning to disseminate the knowledge and skills to their students and how best we can support them.The support may include a refresher training as well as provision of other information.To do this, we will also carry out an analysis on water, hygiene and sanitation, and will identify gaps in areas of advocacy for menstrual hygiene management improvement.
Provide menstrual hygiene training to 50 Rwandan teachers, who will deliver menstrual hygiene education to 3,000 schoolgirls in ten schools.
Why we care: Girls confirmed with Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) that they want to be fully educated and prepared on how to manage their menstruation effectively.
How we’re solving this: Training 50 Rwandan teachers to deliver menstrual hygiene education to 3,000 schoolgirls in ten schools.
In many cases, girls only have access to informal knowledge about menstruation from their peers, older sisters, and aunties, but such information is often insufficient and sometimes perpetuates the taboos associated with menstruation.
Schoolgirls and parents therefore turn to teachers for menstrual hygiene information. Teachers, however, are not provided with any formal training about how, when and what to teach in regards to girls’ menstrual hygiene needs nor equipped with the tools to provide an enabling environment.
Because of a lack of menstrual hygiene knowledge amongst teacher and students, a cycle of neglect is perpetuated and reinforced and as a result millions of girls and women continue to be denied their rights to health, education, dignity and gender equity.
This project will cover the funds of training for 50 teachers in Rwanda. This project will also fund the rental of a training center and the stationery, manuals and booklets, meals and transportation during the training.
SHE is piloting this menstrual hygiene training for teachers in Rwanda that will then be shared at the national and global level.