We had our first Menstrual hygiene and health programme for adolescent girls in South Africa at Sisanda Mzulu Primary school with grade 7 learners.
It runs over 3 days, approximately 2hours per day with girls who are pre-menstrual and those who already have their periods, so that the following is achieved:
- Better understanding of their body and the changes that take place as they grow up.
- Knowledge about menstruation and menstrual hygiene practices that would enable them to become more confident about the ‘woman’ they are and prepare them to handle the pressures from the changes in their bodies and surroundings.
- Understand the importance of food and nutrition in growth and development.
- Learn simple techniques (pranayama, mudra and asanas) on how to feel more at ease during menstrual period.
Many of they girls had no one to ask about these things. The teachers were too busy in classes with large numbers. They really welcomed the project.