November 28, 2021

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SCI Trains 10,460 Girls, Boys in Reproductive Health in Katsina

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By Francis Sardauna

A non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International (SCI), has said it established 534 Choices Safe Spaces (CSS) and graduated 10,460 adolescent girls and boys on reproductive health in Rimi and Sandamu Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

The SCI further disclosed that additional 6,361 adolescent girls and boys were trained in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) in the two local governments under its Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to Make Informed Choices for their Health (REACH) project.

The state REACH Project Manager, Binta Hussaini, who unveiled this at the closing out ceremony of the project in Katsina, said the beneficiaries were trained across SCI safe space centres.

REACH, a three-year project which has been successfully implemented in Katsina, Zamfara and Gombe States, is funded by Global Affairs Canada and Netherland in collaboration with the benefiting state governments.

She said: “Under our community engagement key activity, we established 534 Choices Safe Spaces (CSS) and graduated 10,460 Very Young Adolescents (VYA), which includes 4,776 boys and 5,684 girls.

“Under the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health of our key activity, we established 398 ASRH safe space (150 males, 236 females) and graduated 6,361. Those graduated are 4,176 females and 2,185 males. We equally graduated 525 male partners of adolescent girls.”

She added that SCI, through its policy development activity, spearheaded the passage of the Child Protection bill into law and integrated civil society organisations as well as children parliament into adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the state.

According to her, the organisation also reviewed and domesticated the National Strategy to End Child Marriage and Political Economy Analysis on Early Child Marriage and reactivated children’s parliament.

In his remarks, the state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Rabiatu Muhammed, said the state government would sustain and implement SCI programmes, especially child Protection Law in the state

Earlier, the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, represented by the District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Sadik Abdullahi Mahuta, urged the state government to inaugurate a Child Protection Law implementation committee to stem cases of child abuse.
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