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NGO Says 1million Pupils Miss School Daily Due To Lack Of Access To Sanitary Pad

An NGO, Hope and Dreams Initiative (HDI) says statistics show that one million pupils miss school every day due to lack of access to sanitary pad.

Mrs Nguzo Ogbodo, the Founder of the organisation was speaking during the distribution of some educational materials to schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja while sensitising pupils on the importance of menstrual hygiene in schools and its environs.

Globally, May is declared the International Hygiene Month and the reason why menstrual hygiene was chosen is to create awareness of the importance of educating school children about the plight that young girls all over the world are going through because of non-access to sanitary pad.

Statistically, UNICEF said that one million misses school every day because they don’t have access to sanitary pad and it is not just the sanitary pad but also wash facilities.

“ When they don’t have access to toilets and handwashing basin, no matter if you have the product you are still not clean.

The founder, hope and dream initiative says they are working tirelessly by providing girls with sanitary pads, creating libraries in schools, building toilets, building handwashing stations in line with The aim of hope and dreams initiative NGO is to ensure that children leave the school not only learning how to read but should be a behavioral change in the child.

According to her, there is a need for stakeholders to get involved by providing the basic things that will enable children to remain in school.

Mrs Ogbodo, therefore, called on the Federal Government to get actively involved in ensuring that every female student, apart from getting free education also had access to sanitary materials to aid their learning.

She also appealed to the government to improve more on the security apparatus of the country so that children would be safe in schools.

Correspondent Sobura Usman reports that the NGO also donated a WASH library to the Local Education Authority (LEA) School in Aleyita for both the students of the school and the residents of the community.

Mr Jonathan Mazawaje, one of the community dwellers commended the organization for donating the school library, saying that the facility had been put into effective use.

Some of the students, who spoke with NAN, thanked the organizers for bringing awareness of safe menstrual hygiene to the doorstep of the school, saying many students were not knowledgeable about it.

Mary Audu, a 12-year-old pupil of LEA Primary School, Goza, who started menstruating at age 11, said she was unable to cope with her studies during her menstrual period.

Also, Josephine Sunday, a 15-year-old pupil of LEA Aleyita said she was sensitised about menstrual hygiene by the organisation when the NGO visited the school. Sunday, who said that she sometimes felt pain in class during her period, noted that she was however able to cope with the help of her teachers.

Schools that participated in the sensitisation are LEA Primary School in Aleyita, Goza, Chika, Kapwa, Kuchingoro, and Piwoyi

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