The Gambia Teachers’ Union has gathered close to Fifty young female teachers serving in rural Gambia on a day training workshop on School Related Gender Based Violence. The training comes on the wake of increasing reports of GBVs in schools and regions.
The training funded by the Steve Sinnott Foundation is expected to equip the participants with the required knowledge to fight against SRGBV and to be ambassadors in the fight.
It is reported that a higher percentage of the victims of SRGBV are female teachers. Therefore, the training the union believes, will empower the young female teachers to be able to stand up against SRGBV and to coach students to understand what SRGBV are.
Madam Phebian Ina Grant-Sagnia(Msc. Nursing, Msc. Reproductive Health) has told participants at the SRGBV training organized by GTU that, without sexuality, there can be no reproduction or reproductive health. Mrs. Grant-Sagnia made this proposition during a presentation on Sexual and Reproductive Health at a training for young female teachers from schools in rural Gambia.
According to Madam Sagnia, the ICPD programme of Action stated that “reproductive health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capacity to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.”
During her marathon presentation, Madam Sagnia took participants through various thematic areas on Reproductive health including the reproductive cycle, STD/HIV/AIDS, FGMC amongst others.
She encouraged the participants to filter down the knowledge gained to their peers as well as students.