In an effort to promote girls’ education and sanitation in primary schools, the Assemblies of God Care (AG CARE) a development arm of the Malawi Assemblies of God has donated ladies changing rooms in five primary schools in Salima district.
Speaking during the handover ceremony on Friday in group village head Simaiwa, the projects coordinator for AG CARE Geoffrey Tamaenda said that their aim behind the donation was to improve girls’ enrollment in schools.
“After noting that there was low girls’ enrollment in most of the primary schools because of the issue to deal with girls’ sanitation, we thought of constructing this facility and teaching the girls how to make sanitary pads so that they can still come to school even when they are in their menstruation period.” He said.
Tamaenda added that girls were absconding from classes during their menstruation period as such they were losing a lot in class but with the constructed facilities they will be able to attend classes at all times.
Grace Akimu a standard eight learner at Kaputu primary school commended AG CARE for the facilities whose absence previously led to most of her fellow learners to dropping out of school.
“We were not able to fully participate in school activities every day because the school environment was not so conducive and favorable to us, during menstruation period we would go home to help ourselves and at times we would stay home for almost a week to finish our menstruation,” she said.
Primary Education Advisory, James Daliken said that the education sector is yet to see high girls’ enrollment in primary school because of the facility and reduce some of the challenges girls were facing.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :