We dropped 3,100 condoms at the Yua Medical Clinic. The nurses confirmed that only one girl has gotten pregnant in the 4 years that we have shown the DVD on correct condom use.
It is really a joy to find out that they have continued to show the DVD every term to all of the students. Even in the primary school!! I was surprised, but they said that is where the one girl got pregnant. She was 17 and in the equivalent of 5th grade.
The nurse said to me, “we know they are thinking about sex, so why shouldn’t we tell them the correct way?” She added that anyone who is willing to go to the front of the class and put the condom on the wooden penis gets one cedi (about 50cents).
In the past, when I approached the topic of condoms and sex, some girls didn’t look at me and only
one nurse would sit up straight and talk straight forward about it. Now, with out hesitation, one person working in the clinic said that the men like the condoms I bring better than the ones the government supplies. The ones from Planned Parenthood are thinner and they can feel more than the thicker ones. So, now the talk is frank and to the point. As far as I am concerned, that is the only way to teach this subject.
So, next we went to school and Pok taught the boys and I taught the girls. Pok had never said the words, “penis” and “vagina” before last year. Ayamdooh got sick and couldn’t teach so Pok had a crash course in sex ed on our drive to Yua. He was so proud of himself and felt “free,” he said since he could now say those words without being scared of punishment. Pok is 60 years old and a brilliant man. Teaching sex ed became his life’s mission after his first class.
Today his class lasted about 3 hours. Mine was about 2 hours. We covered everything from reproductive parts to how to correctly put on a condom. I made the video about 4 years ago and I am happy to say that almost every student that goes to school and every adult who is a parent, watches it.
I called up the four girls who were teachers when making the “funeral pockets.” I gave them each a pair of scissors, the leftover material and needles. When I told them that the nurses had invited them
to go to other classrooms and teach how to make them, they were ecstatic. After class, they were sewing funeral pockets for other girls who missed the class. Boys even wanted them.
We ended the day with a movie about global warming. They had never seen ice except in a water bottle. Nor had most of them seen waterfalls, even though there is a large one in Ghana. Many of the boys were glued to the computer dazzled by the sights of these huge natural phenomenon.
Another great day!