URCS Keep a Girl in School Campaign Distributes Sanitary wear to Girls in Mayuge District


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URCS Keep a Girl in School Campaign Distributes Sanitary wear to Girls in Mayuge District

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KAGIS Mayuge story

To help the girl child stay in school, Uganda Red Cross Society, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, launched a Keep the Girl in School campaign (KAGIS) in March 2019. The Campaign’s target is to collect over 7,700,000,000UGX (seven billion and seven hundred million), fora years’ worth of sanitary pads for 9,3336 (nine thousand three hundred thirty-six) girls in Uganda by 2021. On Friday, 27th September 2019, the URCS and its team distributedsanitary pads to 1336 girls from five schools in Mayuge district.

The Ministry of Education and Sports selected the most vulnerable schools for this distribution andthese included; Bufulubi SS in Imanyiro Sub County, Bukabooli Seed S.S. in Bukabooli Sub-county, Bunya S.S. in Mayuge Town council, St. John SS Buwaya in Buwaya Sub-county, Wante Muslim in Baitambogwe Sub-county. In attendance were local district leaders, local Non-Government organizations, Journalists, and Representatives from Parliament and the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The heart of this campaign is to ensure that girls in rural schools get proper menstrual management health systems. This will reduce the dropout rate for girls in schools in rural areas. Mugabi Fred, the headmaster of Bunya Secondary School, praised the campaign saying, "this campaign will truly keep girls in school because most of the parents here cannot afford to buy these menstrual hygiene products, some girls get exploited by shameless men. Where they get pregnant or catch deadly diseases." Eng. Grace Kyagaba, the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) officer at Uganda Red Cross added, "The priority of this campaign is to reduce the dropout rate of girls in school and increase retention rate.

Our main target is for Mayuge is 9370 girls." He also noted that the girls also need changing rooms, toilets, and incinerators to avoid the spread of infections. Nangobi Esther, one of the beneficiaries, is grateful for the campaign saying, " I am so glad we now have access to pads. A friend of mine got a boyfriend who used to give for pads in exchange for sex and now she has HIV." Research indicates Mayuge District has the most number of girls who drop out of school due to menstrual hygiene problems. The District Officer in charge of guidance and counselling, Margaret Tibenda, explained that "only 28% of the girls who start primary one complete primary seven.

In case these girls learn to manage their menstrual cycle with school, the completion rate reaches up to 70.5% at senior four. Among the significant challenges that are leading to the high school dropouts in our schools of Mayuge is poverty, where parents cannot afford basic needs for their children, including sanitary pads, Tibenda added. Mrs. Cecil Lwanga, one of theGoodwill Ambassadors of the campaign, thanked the Ministry of Education for the confidence entrusted in Uganda Red Cross Society as an impartial and humanitarian arm to push and address the pride of the girl child regarding issues of menstrual hygiene.

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