International Day of Families 2017: Safeguarding education through effective family planning
The International Day of Families is celebrated each year on 15 May. Families have always represented the foundation of social life, ensuring the well-being of their members, educating and socialising children and caring for young and old. The theme of this year’s family day is education, and it aims to promote the need to generate lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.
Family planning key to effective education
Effective family planning plays a key role in safeguarding the education of children, in two key ways. Firstly, it helps parents keep their family to a size that is practical from an economic perspective. If they have the power to decide how many children they have, and when, according to their income, then the education of their children becomes more manageable. Secondly, the availability of reproductive health products for young women can prevent their need to drop out of school due to unexpected and unwanted pregnancies.
Managing your family
The number and spacing of children has a significant impact on the lives of women and the wellbeing of families. However, it is estimated that 225 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy, yet have limited access to modern contraception.
According to the UNAID Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program, in many countries, such as Mozambique, Uganda and Nigeria, more than 50% of demand is still not being met. The ready availability of condoms is vital for effective roll out of family planning programmes, and gives women, and couples, the ability to determine whether, when and how often to bear children.
Keeping young girls in school
As UNFPA states, ‘Investing in young people, especially adolescent girls, is one of the smartest investments a country can make. As parents, teachers and leaders of the next generation, they can help break the cycle of poverty, strengthen the social fabric and create a sustainable future.’ Yet often the lack of access to reproductive health products brings an abrupt end to education of many young women. This deficit results in more young girls dropping out of school due to early pregnancy, and so deprive them of the education they need to make the most of future opportunities. That is why it is so important for them to have access to the sexual and reproductive health services that they need, so that they can fulfil their potential.
Assuring the prospects of children worldwide
Ulinzi Latex, the newest subsidiary of NRS International, is building its own state-of-the-art production facility managed by HSNDS Latex in Lahore, Pakistan, a newly established branch of our Pakistan-based factory, H. Sheikh Noor-ud-Din & Sons. It aims to become one of the world’s largest condom manufacturers by volume, and by doing so will give greater access to family planning globally and so assure the education and future prospects of millions of children around the world.