It is important to recognize and to understand the complexity of girls’ lives today. For many years, women and girls have been discriminated against and have struggled throughout in every aspect of their lives. In Nigeria the rights of women to live free from violence and discrimination, to be educated, to have access to adequate healthcare, to vote and to earn a fair and equal wage, are still denied to them today.
At the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, we have acknowledged the fundamental necessity of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Throughout our multi-layered strategy of research, advocacy, policy development, community engagement, philanthropy and education, we have prioritized women, adolescent girls, and children within our various programs mainly focusing on maternal and infant health, as well as sexual, reproductive, mental, and social health in order to empower and strengthen girls and women from birth to old age.
In harmony with Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s mission to successfully deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 5, and 6 through education, empowerment, and advocacy for accessible and sustainable health in Africa, the Adolescent Skills and Drills, Personal Social and Health Education program and curriculum was developed specifically for adolescent personal, social, and health education.
The program seeks to educate adolescent girls and boys about their bodies, their relationships, their health, and also on their education. Moreover, the project seeks to build the capacity of the adolescents equipping them with advocacy tools and tips, thus encouraging them to transfer the knowledge attained during our program to their friends, families, and community members. The cohort of children, aged between 8 and 17 years old, are taught the WHO standard of hand washing techniques in addition to further break-out sessions, in line with the commitment of the WBFA to support the attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Using the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Adolescent Skills and Drills PSHE book, schools and for other youth groups are targeted to run this program in Abuja, Lagos, Osun State, and Kwara. Presently, the program is ran in the states aforementioned and has impacted the lives of 8245 adolescents in 30 schools.
The Adolescent Personal, Social, and Health Education Program and Book touches on the subjects concerning girls rights, eating healthy, the importance of physical activity, sleep, the risks of drug use/abuse, WASH in schools, the female body, menstrual hygiene management, female genital mutilation, healthy relationships, and STEM.