Provision of fear free education to the girl child

Project

To provide free sanitary towels to poor girls attending the Government's free secondary education as a way of reducing dropout and absenteeism rates.
Many girls in rural areas cannot afford buying sanitary towels and use leaves of a tree locally known as bikookooma and others use pieces of old cloth. Many dropout or stay at home during this period of the month.

About You

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Location

Project Street Address

Kampala

Project City

Kampala

Project Province/State

Project Postal/Zip Code

256

Project Country

Uganda

Your idea

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Country your work focuses on:

Uganda

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1-5 years

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$100

Name Your Project

Provision of fear free education to the girl child

Describe Your Idea

To provide free sanitary towels to poor girls attending the Government's free secondary education as a way of reducing dropout and absenteeism rates.
Many girls in rural areas cannot afford buying sanitary towels and use leaves of a tree locally known as bikookooma and others use pieces of old cloth. Many dropout or stay at home during this period of the month.

Innovation

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Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

To provide free sanitary towels to poor girls attending the Government's free secondary education as a way of reducing dropout and absenteeism rates.
Many girls in rural areas cannot afford buying sanitary towels and use leaves of a tree locally known as bikookooma and others use pieces of old cloth. Many dropout or stay at home during this period of the month.

What makes your idea unique?

In order for a student to concentrate on the study of math, reading or writing that student must be prepared emotionally and psychologically. Anything that affects her emotionally or psychologically affects her concentration thereby hindering her learning capacity. Lack of proper sanitation kits for a girl during menstruation greatly affects her emotionally and psychologically. Another factor is absenteeism and dropout. Anything that makes the girl student irregular at school affects her study of Math, reading and writing. The situation is worsened when that girl has to dropout without finishing her math, reading, or writing course. So if we are to teach those skills effectively, we have to ensure that that girl child finishes her course and while at school, that she is emotionally and psychologically comfortable. My idea will go to achieve that and if we can improve the general health conditions in schools especially the toilet facilities, this will help improve the learning capacity of both boys and girls.
Currently, educationists in Uganda are looking for answers as to why girls are dropping out of the free primary and secondary education provided by Government. This idea will work as solution to reduce dropout and absenteeism in upper primary and secondary. At the same time time, it will work as an incentive to keep the girl child in school by improving her hygiene. Poor health conditions and culture still play a big role in deterring the girl child to complete her education. Many schools have very poor sanitary facilties, some toilets are not even worth the name. In addition to this some parents still think that a girl's place is in the kitchen and this leads to early marriges so as soon as a girl informs parents that she has started her menses, to many this is a tip off that she is ripe for marriage and should be married off. If she persists then there is the social stigma and the peer pressure as by the time she reaches Senior 3 many of her village agemates are already wives and mothers. I think that the provision of sanitary kits should go hand in hand with improvement of health conditions in schools by provision of good toilets, menstrual hygiene education and a countrywide campaign that stresses that: "Beginning of menses doesn't mean end to education" We can code name the campaign thus: HAVE YOUR MENSES AND STILL GO TO SCHOOL. Beginning of menses doesn't mean you are ready for marriage.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

Children & Youth , Behavioral issues , Child care , Education , Girls' development , Health & Fitness , Health care , Health education , Mental health , Sanitation , Sexuality , Wellness , Indigenous cultures , Vulnerable populations , Women's issues , Women's Issues .

What impact have you had?

The idea is in its infant stages. I have started a school as a pilot study to see how the idea works but lack of funding has prevented takeoff.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

The idea addresses the problem of dropout rates and absenteeism among girls of upper primary (Primary five to seven) and Secondary schools especially in rural Uganda. It also addresses the problem of poor hygiene among adolescent girls of 13-16 years who are in school. It addresses the fact that poor hygiene is one of the reasons affecting girl child education in Uganda.

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

The project was meant for all schools under the Universal secondary education which is mainly attended by girls of poor parents in rural and urban Uganda. But due to lack of funds a school has been started this year as a pilot project so as to assess the successfulnes of the project.

Impact

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What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Funding for provision of sanitary towels to all the girls in the pilot project. It also needs health trainers who can give the girls basic hygiene education and answer their questions about their menstrual problems.

Success in Year 2:

Assessment of the succes of the project and cooperation from government so that the project can be introduced in all universal secondary education schools. But this all depends on avalilability of funds and health implementors.

Success in Year 3:

Assessment of the project by analysing the dropout levels and comparing them with previous levels to determine the success of the project and whether it should go on. Continous funding is also needed.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Funding: Provision of these sanitary kits to the girls needs funding and this is currently hindering the project take off.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

The project also needs cooperation from the schools of the targeted girls and ministry of education. It also needs continous assessment by the organisation and ministry.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Assessment; The project needs continous assessment by the funders, organisation and the ministry of education.

Describe the expected results of these actions.

Implemented successfully, it wiil reduce the dropout rates among girls of upper primary and secondary schools. It will also act as an incentive for girls to go for secondary education and finish their education. It will improve the hygienic standards of the girl child

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

As a teacher and a woman who grew up in rural Uganda, I have experinced and watched as the girls study in fear.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

She is a teacher with a master's degree in education from Makerere University who taught in secondary schools in Uganda for five years before joining the media industry where she is currently an editor of a local paper.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

When I received mail from Tyler Ahn.

This Entry is about (Issues)

Sustainability

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What would prevent your project from being a success?

Lack of funding, and lack of cooperation from schools and the ministry.

Financing source

If yes, provide organization name.

Yes

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

1-5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

No

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

N/A

How many people will your project serve annually?

More tha 10,000

What is your organization's business classification?

Not registered

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

six

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

251 weeks ago SAMUEL OMODING said: Yes as soon as we get the necessary funds, we shall be of help. Keep in touch. about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago SAMUEL OMODING said: Yes as soon as we get the necessary funds, we shall be of help. Keep in touch. about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago Margaret Nankinga said: Thanks Samuel. It is important to note that apart from the former District Chairman of Mubende Brig Kasirye Ggwanga who told the press ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago SAMUEL OMODING said: This is wonderfull Margaret! I am glad you have the figures. About the number of schools/students to be researched on, you could just ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago Margaret Nankinga said: Samuel, thanks for your comment. It is true that as many as 34,902 have dropped out of the free secondary education programme over the ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago SAMUEL OMODING said: Margaret, your innovation is very welcome because having menses should not hinder a girl from going to school. It’s a manifestation of ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago Margaret Nankinga updated this Competition Entry.
251 weeks ago Margaret Nankinga updated this Competition Entry.
251 weeks ago Margaret Nankinga said:  Thanks Fran for your comment.In order for a student to concentrate on the study of math, reading or writing that student must be ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
251 weeks ago Fran Holuba said: It is very important that both boys and girls feel safe and protected at school. However, could you tell us more about how your idea ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >