A 60-page booklet written by RAEDD with financial support from Ville de Rennes and AECIN.
- From childhood to adulthood, what is puberty? Boys’ puberty, girls’ puberty.
- How to remain healthy: What is health? Bodily hygiene. Hygiene in dwellings. Food hygiene.
- Social relationship. What is love?
- Transmitting life: What is having a baby? The stages of pregnancy. Birth.
- What is Family Planning? Unwanted pregnancies.
- Children’s rights. Under age marriages.
The booklet has been carefully prepared. The male and female authors and the illustrator, all Nigerien, were thoroughly involved, so that the booklet is adapted to the local situation and clearly aims at preventing early marriages, it insists on family planning (in accordance with the Nigerien Government’s recommendation).
A training session on the booklet involved 21 participants (11 men and 10 women), teachers in Matankari and Dankassari secondary schools, as well as family planning social workers who visited the villages and communes of Dankassari and Dogondoutchi in December 2017. The training session was held by a woman and a man. The participants insisted on following up and extending the project, particularly by publishing versions in local languages (haoussa locally). Male and female teachers and family planning social workers welcomed the contents of the booklet. It is considered useful for both training and teaching. It also raised discussions; namely as concerns the necessity for teachers to be blameless in their attitude to girl students.
A second training of 24 people on how to use the booklet took plane in june 2018, for all the secondary school professors in Biology from Dankassar and Dogondoutchi, twenty two men and two women.
A training session on how to use the booklet had been planned late in 2020, it was postponed by the Nigerien Government as all meetings were prohibited owing to COVID. It eventually took place from March 12th March 14th 2021. The coaches were Geneviève Courjan and Mahamadou Roro, from Niamey, both members of the booklet’s editorship. It had been planned to train 15 women and 15 men, eventually 14 women and 16 men were trained. 600 more copies were printed and handed out to the participants.
The booklet is shown in the film ’A girl trio in Dankassari’, it aims at explaining what an early marriage is,
Link to the whole booklet here.