On the morning of Thursday, the 19th of March, 2020, Yattiyr Scholarship Initiative (YSI) led a total of five of its members on a ninety-minute drive from Ilorin metropolis to Christian Comprehensive High School, Ojomu Oro, Kwara State.
It was an amiable reception by the School’s representative to YSI, Mrs Madandola, as well as from other members of staff and the students.
The Junior Secondary School two and three (JSS 2 and JSS3) female students were seated in the hall as they eagerly awaited what YSI had for them. An opening remark was given by the YSI convener, Mr Fatoye John. He begun by expressing gratitude to the administration of the Christian Comprehensive High School, Ojomu Oro. He introduced the purpose of the outreach to the students – Menstrual Hygiene Management, which was later intimated to them.
Miss Adegbola Oluwadamilola, of YSI, led the session on the educative and enlightening talk on Menstrual Hygiene Management. She familiarized the students with how to keep clean during their flow days. She encouraged them that there is nothing to be ashamed about in menstruating, and that there is no stigma attached to it. During the interactive session with the girls, a number of the girls, initially shy to speak up, disclosed that instead of the sanitary pads, they made use of rags during their flow days. It was gathered that a sizeable number of them had no regular monthly supply of sanitary pads. They were, however, further encouraged to practice and maintain proper menstrual hygiene during that time of the month irrespective of access to sanitary pads or not.
Afterwards, Miss Egba Cynthia, of YSI, handled a demonstration session on the steps of how to properly use a sanitary pad. The session witnessed Miss Egba put a sanitary pad on a sample female underwear for better understanding of the girls.
Mr Fatoye had a “women inspiring women” moment when he asked students at random to identify faces of high-flying Nigerian women such as Chimamanda Adichie among others. Although, very few of the students could reel off names of the faces of whom they were shown. He ended the session by inspiring the girls that they could be female and be great achievers. Some student-volunteers who answered questions received a “Cleonspen” literature each. Also, a student who shared her ambitions of becoming a teacher was gifted a wristwatch by Miss Adegbola.
The acme of the outreach was when Miss Olagunju Titilayo, a JSS 2 of the school was awarded a full tuition scholarship for a session with a promise to cover other sessions if her good grades are maintained. Her mother, Mrs. Olagunju, expressed profound joy and uttered blessings to YSI. Also, forty sanitary pads were distributed among the girls.
The outreach ended with a vote of thanks and words of encouragement by the School Principal.