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Education and Empowerment Programme  

Safe sanitation and hygiene education are coupled with all of Sago Network community programmes. The education and empowerment programme aims to build upon existing community knowledge to further awareness of health, hygiene and sanitation. We also seek to empower local pioneers to continue health, hygiene and sanitation education into the future, long after the completion of a Sago Network project.

Sago Network believes in active learning and engages communities through the use of local staff or community members for educational delivery where possible. Sago Network offers the following educational workshops: 

  • General hygiene and sanitation workshop – education around safe hygiene and sanitation practices. This often brings awareness around practices that result in faecal oral transmission of waste to humans via flies or direct contact and the resulting health implications that stem therefrom

  • Female health and hygiene workshop - education around menstrual health management and reproductive health knowledge 

  • Train the trainer workshop - pioneers from the community (such as teachers, leaders or CHW’s) are trained in selected health, hygiene and sanitation courses to then deliver to the community. Trainers receive a training pack containing resources to carry out the workshops with others

Sago Network recognises the impact poor sanitation facilities, products and knowledge has on girls and women in PNG, particularly during menstruation. In response to this,Sago Network endeavours to promote gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) processes into all community programmes. Some ways in which GESI is incorporated into the education and empowerment programme include:

  • Female health and hygiene education workshops

  • Distribution of individual female menstrual hygiene kits, containing reusable menstruation products that last up to 4 years

  • Construction of GESI designed facilities, including features such as disabled access, female wash rooms and female sanitation facilities 

  • Train the trainer workshops, specifically focused on empowering female pioneers within communities and equipping them with resources to promote safe practices and ensure female health and hygiene is an ongoing and acceptable conversation in villages between girls and women  

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