PATH school tour 1.0
The project was officially launched on 30th of May 2018 to educate young girls on Sexual education, Menstrual Hygiene and self awareness. The target is to reach 3000 girls in selected schools across the 3 senatorial districts of Kogi State in its initial implementation stage. The program will then span out to reach other states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, beyond Nigeria and across Africa.
The event held at Al Ansar Secondary School, New Layout, Lokoja, Kogi State which featured a health talk on Menstrual Hygiene, Sexual health and girl child empowerment and distribution of free sanitary pads/ personal hygiene products to participants.
The PATH School Tour became a child of necessity for HEAL FOR AFRICA INITIATIVE because we have identified that in this part of the world, menstruation is perceived as a filthy, shameful or a negative process that should not be discussed and because of this misconception, girls have little or no access to quality information about menstruation and menstrual hygiene. Also, school girls have limited access to affordable and hygienic sanitary materials thereby making them prone to infections that may affect their reproductive health in future.
Al Ansaar Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi State
30 May, 2018
PATH school tour 2.0
The Pay Attention To Her(PATH) School Tour Train was on the 24th of September 2018 at Muslim Community Secondary School in Lokoja, Kogi State where over 300 girls were trained on menstrual hygiene, sexual health and self awareness. Each Participant also received free sanitary pads, personal hygiene products and school stationary.
In attendance were The Kogi State Commissioner for Education who was represented by the Ministry's Director of Education services - Dr (Mrs) Animokun, The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State, who doubles as the Board Chair of Heal for Africa - Mrs Petra Akinti Onyegbule, Special Adviser to the Governor on NGOs, CSOs and CBOs - Hajia Nana- Aisha Abu Ali, State Coordinator of Young African Leaders Initiative YALI - Miss Eunice Emmanuel Bagi, CEO, Okun TV -Mr Sunday Baiye, Mr Kerry Haruna of the Kogi Rebirth Group and many more.
One of the highlights of the day was when a participant, Godiya Matthew, a JSS 3 student of the school gave an outstanding contribution that attracted our founder and other dignitaries.
Muslim Community Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi State
24 September, 2018
PATH school tour 3.0
HEAL FOR AFRICA INITIATIVE MARKS 2018 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF GIRL CHILD IN KOGI, DONATES PAD/HYGIENE PRODUCTS TO OVER 700 GIRLS. in line with the UN global theme, "A Skilled Girl Force", Heal For Africa Initiative impacted over 700 girls at St. Monica's College Kabba with the Pay Attention To Her (PATH) Project, to empower the young girls mentally, as well as promoting sexual, reproductive health and rights. The guest speakers spoke extensively on self esteem and building confidence as a girl child, with inspiring stories, emphasizing on the need to build their capacity and acquire skills for employability.
A play-let was introduced to teach about handling puberty and menstruation at their early stages, As well as resisting peer pressure, misinformation from peers and the importance of dependable counselors and mentors for young girls.
ST Monica’s College, Kabba, Kogi State
11 October, 2018