Aim: This project aims to support adolescent girls to engage in school more effectively as they enter puberty by engaging local people in income generating and training opportunities to create sustainable “girl friendly” schools in Soroti, Uganda.
The Challenge: Following research conducted by our partner, Irise International, it was identified that up to half of girls in East Africa miss school during their periods with anecdotal evidence suggesting that inadequate menstrual hygiene provision contributes to girls dropping out of school altogether.
How are we helping?
- Education – practical and responsive education about menstruation and puberty for boys and girls through training teachers to deliver sessions.
- Taboo breaking – a supportive environment for girls through sensitising teachers, parents and the community and engaging them in solving the issue for girls in the long term.
- Girls are empowered to engage more effectively in school
- Boys and male teachers support girls during menstruation
- Teachers equipped to teach girls and boys about menstruation and puberty
- Community engaged in delivering a sustainable solution
Location: Soroti, Uganda
Local Partner: Irise International
Beneficiaries: 3,400 boys and girls over 2 years.