Efforts to Keep the Girl child in School
Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
There are persistent reports in this country that when girls reach the menstrual age they start missing school regularly because, their parents cannot afford getting them sanitary pads every month. From missing class, they eventually drop out of school altogether. The rate at which children drop out of school at this age is very high, much higher in the girls than the boys. The problem is more serious in mixed schools than single sex ones. This is because, in mixed schools, boys tend to tease girls every time they see them in their menstrual period.
During last year’s International Women’s Day in March, 2018, the Resource Centre organized a one day workshop where women and teenage girls from upper primary and secondary schools together with their Women Senior Teachers in Buwenge Sub-County were invited to address the issue of helping the girl child stay in school and study during her menstruation period. We got a donation of 60 sets of re-useable sanitary from an organization called as Afro Pads that makes such pads. The idea was very much welcomed by the community and the schools that participated in the workshop.
On 26th January this year, in collaboration with a local Non-Government Organization (NGO) called LOVE. BINTI we organized another workshop involving women and teenage girls. The response was overwhelming.
... Advised as follows:
- Acquire some 5 (five) sewing machines
- Acquire some cheap cloth materials (… knows where to get such materials)
- Organize a 6days workshop for a group of 100 women and girls.
- The group will be divided into two sub-groups of 50 each
- Each sub-group will receive training for 3 days.
- 10 women and girls will use 1 machine during the 3 days
We have received the following estimates:
|Item||Cost per item in UGX||Total Cost in UGX||Total Cost in USD|
|5 sewing machines||350,000||1,750,000||477|
|Materials for 100 participants||10||1,000,000||272.50|
|Travel using public transport for 2 facilitators||50,000||100,000||27.30|
|Accommodation and feeding for 2 facilitators for 8 days||65,000||1,040,000||283.30|
|Lunch for 100 participants for 6 days||12,000||7,200,000||1961.20|
*Exchange Rate Used 1USD = Uganda Shillings 3,670.95
LOVE BINTI is an organization based in Kampala, Uganda loves every girl to stay at school while in their monthly period.
You can contribute now by going to https://www.gofundme.com/ending-period-oovery-for-girls-in-school-in-uganda.