Working with Boa Nnipa

In the first week I got to know the Boa Nnipa Team consisting of Sammy, Agyengo, Kamara, Wilma, Irene, Anett, Peter, Ernest and Nicholas whilst a sex education lesson at Galilea Brainy Child school. This was the first time I was able to have a deep insight about the lessons covering topics like sexual rights, puberty and menstruation. Remembering my own school time, I know that sex education is an unknown topic, which is not discussed at all in some parental homes. Due to that fact, I was impressed how the children’s attitude changed from being shy into asking serious questions. Boa Nnipa lessons aim to involve the children into the lessons; for example by practising how to position the sanitary pad into the panties. This “exercise” relaxes the atmosphere within the class and the students start to show more interest about the lesson. Apart from that it feels like schools are anywhere you are in Ghana, but they differ from each other’s equipment a lot. Some school buildings might appeal for Germans like bare brickwork, but whilst experiencing this fact I realized that school education is an essential part of children’s life but it is not taken for granted unfortunately. In some rural places it’s not uncommon that students miss classes, because first they have to ensure to get their daily food. In the upcoming week Wilma, Kamara and I sought for new schools in the area of Kasoa, nearby Accra. While having a blazing heat, we went from school to school in order to explain the idea of Boa Nnipa to the headmasters. We accomplished to set dates for further sex education lessons. Since I am not a Boa Nnipa tutor, I was facing the students after the lessons in order to have a little interview with them which helps us to get a certain feedback about our work. I talked to self-confident and determined students who revealed their message about sexual rights. As far I can say, Boa Nnipa makes a great impact in students’ life. To be continued…

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