Dignity brought back to learners

MARAPONG — Learners from Phegelelo and Tielelo Secondary Schools in Marapong were beneficiaries of a Teenage Health and Development Programme hosted by Transnet at Phegelelo hall on Saturday 26 January.

The programme debuted in 2018 and encourages learners to take good care of themselves by respecting their bodies.

The Teenage Health and Development Programme (TH&DP) includes talks with learners. Learners were given a chance to give feedback of their understanding on what they were taught during the weekday sessions which ran from Monday to Thursday.

165 learners from both schools who are vulnerable, orphans, or come from child- or granny-headed families, are part of the programme.

Learners are divided per school, dedicated to a social worker and a local facilitator taught them about teenage health issues, management of hygiene, menstruation and how to use a journal to jot down memorable moments and personal experiences.

They were also taught about a woman’s reproductive system and advised not to deprive themselves of their youthfulness by rushing to activities meant for adults.

During the session there were dance groups that drove the message of drugs killing the youth and the HIV pandemic sweeping across the nation without looking at colour or social status.

Transnet is using its Health Division to work with the Departments of Health, Education and Social Development in building learners’ confidence in their schooling journey. The drive was initially meant for girls and it was only in the last three years that boys became part of the programme.

900 learners in each province became beneficiaries of the programme, 700 girls and 200 boys. The programme works closely with the Department of Education, who identifies schools they think need the programme most.

At the end of the Saturday session all learners received dignity packs.

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