Life Skills Education and Counseling - Bukhana - bukhana_primary_school - Luuka
Visit by Manuela Ongyera on 2019-07-22
2019-07-23 08:46:21 UTC
2019-07-23 11:42:06 UTC
09:50-17:15 (7 h 25 m)
11:18-15:38 (4 h 20 m)
3 h 5 m
Life Skills Education and Counseling school lesson
Total Student Attendance
Lorna Katagara,Ongyera Manuella
School Staff Attendees
Life Skills Teacher
- The post test was given measure the pupils understanding on the previous topic on communication.
- Adolescent and Puberty stage was taught to the pupils to understand the different changes in their bodies so as they are not ashamed or not shocked by the changes in their body.
Lorna and Manuela were in Bukhana Primary School where they went to give the pupils a post test and thereafter introduced Adolescent and Puberty stage.
On arrival Manuela and Lorna went straight to the Life Skills class because they were late. They found the pupils reading their books and asked to collect them and then issued out the communication post test to the pupils which lasted an hour. The pupils were encouraged to read through their test questions 3 times for them to understand before attempting the test paper. They were also asked to raise their hand and ask what question they did not understand for more emphasis. After the test, Manuela and introduced Adolescence and Puberty stage. They taught this lesson concurrently whereby they taught on what Adolescence is and what Puberty is. After that they looked at the the different changes in both boys and girls. Manuela asked the class what some of the changes for the boys were. They were shy about it at first but later opened up. Some of the changes mentioned were ; chest enlargement, voice breaks, pubic hair, penis enlargement among others. The girls the changes mentioned were ; increase in breast size, buttocks become big, hips enlargement, menstruation start, pubic hair grow. Both the boys and girls were encouraged that if they start seeing these changes, they should not be worried or scared but should know that this is normal and it happens to everyone. On pubic hair, both the boys and girls were encouraged that they should keep these areas clean and have a new razor blade to shave the hair under their armpits and on their private hair. They were told if they don’t keep these areas clean, that they would smell. Manuela also encouraged them that if anyone has this smell there was a plant commonly known as Bombo is Lusoga that takes away the fowl smell. They were also encouraged to bathe well paying attention to key areas like for the boys, the penis, the scrotum where as the girls ; under the breasts as this area tends to sweat a lot and the vagina. In addition while using the latrine, they were encouraged to go with enough toilet paper, tissue or whatever it is they use so that it doesn’t get into their fingers and to ensure that they wash their hands well with soap and water.The teeth ,buttocks, ears,behind the ears were also mentioned as important parts to clean.
Manuela emphasized however that when a girl starts to develop big breasts, buttocks, does not mean that now they are old enough to get married. The changes in our bodies do not tell us that now one is ripe for marriage. The boys too were told that they were not ready to have sex but just embrace these changes and that no one should deceive them that they are now old enough to have sex or get married.
The boys and girls were asked to be comfortable with whatever body changes occurred and to know that it is a normal growth process that everyone has to go through.
Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson
-To create healthy relationships in the homes where there is understanding, love, forgiveness , good communication and each one knows their responsibilities.
-To know what ways or strategies one can use to tame or manage their emotions without regretting their actions later.
Lorna and Manuela went to the community to conclude on Love and relationships and introduce managing our Emotions.
Lorna and Manuela waited for about 30 minutes before they were joined by the community members. The chairman was absent and sent his apologies because he was tied up on a certain land issue and therefore he could not be with them. The meeting was therefore chaired by Micheal the mobilizer who welcomed Manuela and Lorna and said an opening prayer and without wasting any more time invited Manuela and Lorna to deliver what they had for them. Lorna thanked the community members for coming and did a review of the previous topic on love and relationships where she talked about the different challenges the women and men were facing in their marriages and how they can solve them or if not try to find ways how they can handle different situations better. Lorna emphasized listening to each other, communicating what is bothering them in time and not postponing , forgiving each other even though one knows that they are the right ones but for the sake of peace they apologize. The women said the men are never apologetic and the men said how can they apologize for what they know that it is their wife who is in wrong. Lorna mentioned even Jesus took our fault when he was righteous and so some times for everything to go well we can do the same. Lorna asked the men to avail themselves to their family which is not usually the case as most times the men are at work or at the trading centers. Lorna also mentioned about respect that it is not demanded but earned. She urged the men if they want to be respected by their family they needed to earn it. If they cannot leave food at home, pay their children’s tuition,take care of the family then they cannot expect to be respected. She also encouraged the women to be clean, and gave an example of dirty kitchens, not cooking well and when they are told they start a war. Lorna reminded them that they each need to be exemplary to their children because whatever they do now, they don’t want their children to do when they become adults. She told them to always mind the children because when the elephants fight, the grass suffers meaning the children.
After Lorna finished, Manuela then talked about managing emotions. They looked at Anger as an emotion and what measures can we undertake to ensure that we manage our anger. Manuela mentioned that anger has cause many people to do things that the wished the had not done in the first place for example, killing someone, divorcing, creation of enmity which things would have been averted if we are able to manage our anger. Speaking things which you can not take back and yet the damage is done. Manuela asked the community what some of the ways they use to manage their anger. Two men said fighting and that after this they feel relieved, Rachel said when she is angry the whole village can know that she is however, she walks around takes deep breaths and then she will eventually come down and then go ahead and talk to the person that made her angry. Nabirye mentioned that for her she manages her anger by putting it all in the garden and just ignore the person who made her angry. Manuela thanked them for their response and said indeed those were some of the ways but she stressed fighting is not among them as after fighting damage has been done already and there is no turning back. Other ways mentioned were; Prayer, forgiveness, communicating, walk away,think about the situation from that persons perspective among others.
Lorna told the members that nothing can be solved by blaming each other however one has to be willing to try to change their situation. She mentioned that marriage has its ups and downs but these can be dealt with before the situation becomes unbearable and people get tired of each other. Manuela mentioned that they will be looking at how to manage sexual feelings.
Next Visit: 2019-08-07 - Purpose: Continue with managing Emotions; focusing on managing Sexual emotions. Also teach on Gender roles and responsibilities.
Pupils undertaking a post test on communication skills.