Sex-education

Even though we totally rock as teachers in English, ethics and computer, we have always felt like we have so much more to offer. That is why, a Monday morning, we went to the hospital to ask for some condoms. The plan was in action. We had a program (generously given to us by the Norwegian red cross youth) and plenty of condoms (generously given to us by Rugarama hospital). We were ready for take off. The girls were going to have their, perhaps, very first sex-education ever. As you might understand, the guys we work with at the office, were not exactly thrilled about the idea of acting as translators. After have given it some thought we landed on our beloved contact person, Doreen. We figured out quit soon that she was not totally aware of what was going to happen. When we were heading towards the hospital to ask for condoms, she asked if we were not going to buy candy. How the word «condom» turned into «candy», we’ll never know.

The reason why we decided to have this kind of class is that STD’s are just as «alive» in Uganda, as they are back in Norway. Despite this, many people grow up without knowing much about them. We wanted to enlighten them about sex in general (which for many of our girls is a very scary thing), prevention, different STD’s and last but not least how to properly use a condom. Of course, they are like girls in general; very giggly and a bit shy when it comes to this subject. Nevertheless, we were surprised by the level of seriousity they showed us. They were genuinely interested in the subject and we even had to cut out a few parts of the program, due to too many questions and too little time.

The response was very positive and it looked like the girls understood the importance of it. Even though, we too, had a good time teaching them, it was also very challenging. Our girls are not Norwgians. They are Ugandans. Bachigas. It is sometimes hard to remember that the mentality is different. For example when we talk about «sex-partners». For a girl here that partner is most likely the one you marry. And that man is a person you have to obey and satisfy. So when the statement «if your husband wants sex, you have to say yes» came up and they were to stand in two groups ; agree or disagree, the majority of the girls stood on the agree-side. At which point they had a very heated discussion and a lot of good arguments came from both sides. Of course, from our Norwegian up-bringing, we would have agreed with the disagree-side, but as teachers we had to remain neutral.

So, as challenging as the class was, we really feel like we learnt them something important. The girls also had a good time and their faces as they tried putting a condom on a matooke-banana were priceless.

Theory put into practice

Theory put into practice

Kind of psyched

Kind of psyched

6 steps to put on a condom

6 steps to put on a condom

54 students that will remember that class for a long time to come

54 students that will remember that class for a long time to come

Mind map!

Mind map!

Teacher Tess teaching the essentials

Teacher Tess teaching the essentials

Eager students

Eager students

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