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Keeping girls in school: Experts want bottlenecks addressed

By Stella Naigino

Added 17th July 2019 05:14 PM

A report from Menstrual Management Uganda shows that girls miss 10% of their school days due to issues related to menstruation. Besides feeling sick during, most miss school due to lack of pads.

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Mbabazi distributing pads. (Credit: Stella Naigino)

A report from Menstrual Management Uganda shows that girls miss 10% of their school days due to issues related to menstruation. Besides feeling sick during, most miss school due to lack of pads.

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Moved by the plight of young girls who were dropping out of school over lack of sanitary pads., Irene Mbabazi, went to her Facebook page and poured her heart out.

“I requested well-wishers to join hands and donate whatever they could to keep the girls in school, “says Mbabazi.

The people who could help did not sit back. They got in touch and contributed what they could. I got sanitary towels, money and panties, among others.

After the response from my Facebook friends, I realised that many people out there were interested in keeping girls in school.

Mbabazi later deliver the items to the girls and saw their dream of staying in school come true.

Linda Nakanwagi and Hindu Nairubu were among some of the beneficiaries

“I used to stain my uniform while in my period and the boys would laugh at me something that made me hate going to school,” Nakanwagi says.

To avoid being laughed, she opted to stay at home whenever she was on her period. This affected her academic performance

Nairubu is not different. She had cut a sponge from her mattress but this did not help. She still stained her uniform.

Today, Nakanwagi and Nairubu are among the 120 girls from four different schools that Mbabazi has supported to stay in school and to them.

Experts say the Government and all concerned citizens should work towards keeping girls in school if the country is to register any meaningful progress.

A report from Menstrual Management Uganda shows that girls miss 10% of their school days due to issues related to menstruation. Besides feeling sick during, most miss school due to lack of pads.

Moses Ntenga, the director of Joy for Children, says parents and teachers ought to work together and devise means of addressing girls’ needs.

“Encourage girls to learn how to make reusable sanitary ware and this will help them stay in school which will better their performance, “he said.

Lydia Nyesigomwe, the director of Parenting Uganda, notes that their more issues affecting girls in school and these too need to be addressed.

She notes that besides lacking sanitary wear, girls face more challenges like that of sugar daddies interfering with their studies.

“They lure them with small gifts and many get pregnant and end up dropping out of school, “she says.

However, Mbabazi believes parents are not doing their work and have left the girls to help themselves that is why some fall in the hands of wrong people.

 “When your child reaches puberty, talk to them about the changes they should expect and work with them to cope,” she says. 

 

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