The legislator representing Ikeja Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu has taken another major step towards enhancing the education of students in his Constituency.
On Thursday 14th November, 2019 the Lawmaker, in collaboration with a wave-making non-profit, Hameedah Poverty Relief Foundation and Jonna Gudmundsen from Denmark, distributed free Sanitary pads to the female pupils of Anifowose Primary School, in Ikeja axis of his Constituency.
Earlier on Wednesday 13th November, the team had carried out similar exercise at Babs Fafunwa Millennium Senior Secondary School and Babs Fafunwa Millennium Grammar School situated in the same premises in Ojodu axis of the Constituency.
At Babs Fafunwa Millennium Schools, the combined team was warmly received by the school officials led by the two school Principals, Mrs Adams of the Senior Secondary School and Mrs Kuti of the Senior Grammar School.
While at Anifowose Primary School, the Headmistress, Mrs Faith and her team enthusiastically welcomed Hon. Kasunmu’s delegates and Hameedah Foundation crew.
During the Programmes, the founder and promoter of Hameedah Poverty Relief Foundation, Mrs. Hameedat Balogun and her partner, Jonna Gudmundsen of Denmark, expressed appreciation to Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu for the privilege of collaborating with his office to reach out to these young school girls.
Before the distribution of the unique sanitary pads at both schools, Balogun and Gudmundsen took time out to educate the girls on the importance of cultivating a good menstrual and general hygiene. They also encourage the girls not to allow their menstrual process to affect their educational and learning activities.
According to Hameedat, “a lot of female students don’t come to school during their menstrual period due to inadequate care or lack of proper sanitary pads, thereby affecting their academic performances, but with these Safepads, that fear is over”, she said.
In the same vein, Jonna Gudmundsen explained that, though her country Denmark is smaller in population and size than Nigeria, yet every child in the country have access to good education. She therefore encouraged the girls to take their education seriously as the only way for them to be empowered, get to the top and take care of their families is through proper education. According to Jonna, the SAFEPADS brand is a new innovation in menstrual hygiene, because it contains antimicrobials and are reusable up to 100 times before disposal.
During the interactive section, the students asked questions ranging from personal experiences to anticipated situations. Jonna and Hameedah provided useful and informative answers to these questions.
In a brief chat with us after the conclusion of Day 2 of the Programme, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu popularly called ARK, expressed appreciation to Hameedah Foundation and Jonna Gudmundsen, who brought the unique SAFEPADS all the way from Denmark, for selfless their efforts
According to him, the programme is in line with, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 4, 6 and 10 which in summary focus on eradicating poverty; ensuring universal good health and wellbeing; promoting inclusive and equitable quality education, lifelong learning opportunities; ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, while SDG 10 seeks Reduced inequalities within and among countries.
Speaking further, Hon. ARK said, “we will continue to work and partner with credible organisations and individuals ike Hameedah and Jonna to domesticate these SDGs in Ikeja Constituency 2, and make life more meaningful to our people, especially the young ones because our people deserves access to a good life.
Hon. Kasunmu also stated that the Programme will get to other schools soonest.
At Ojodu, the Councillor, Representing Ojodu Ward F, Hon. Olumide Akinade; the APC Woman Leader of the Ward, Mrs. Adegboyega; the Youth Leader of Ward F, Isiaka Akanni as well as the Youth Leader of Ward E, Fatai Onadipe and TeamARK official, Alhaji Abass Bismilahi were on ground to represent Hon. Kasunmu at Babs Fafunwa Millennium School.
At Ikeja, the Councillor representing Ikeja Ward D, Hon. Benjy Osundairo; the Supervisory Councillor Councillor for Women Affairs and Poverty, Ikeja Local Government, Mrs Adenike Yusuf; the APC Assistant Woman Leader, Queen Funmbi Akinduro; Ikeja Ward D Youth Leader, Akinleye Olujimi and the PTA Chairman, of Anifowose Primary School, Mr. Usman also came to represent Hon. ARK and support the program at Anifowose Primary School.
Sola Folowosele, Jumoke Olasoji, Abu Nurudeen-Shadow and Kemi Success led the team from Hon. Kasunmu’s office.
As a result of the Programme, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu has been getting commendations and positive remarks from his Constituents.
Hameedat Balogun is a Menstrual Health Management advocate while Jonna Gudmundsen is a Child Education advocate and Regional Chairman of the Danish Union of Early Childhood and Youth Educators, Denmark. She was given a Nigerian name “AJOKE” by Hon. Kasunmu’s Constituency women as result of her passion and care for the children.
It was indeed a wonderful initiative.