KABALE- In a bid to support girl child education, the old students of Kabale Trinity College have donated sanitary pads worth UGX 5.7 million to 600 girls of Kabale Trinity College in Kabale Municipality.
Handing over the pads to the girls on Saturday, July 13, at the school premises in Kabale Municipality, the chairperson of Kabale Trinity College alumni Isaac Ajuna said that they decided to donate the pads to ensure that
girls stay in school all times during menstruation period.
”This aimed at ensuring that hundreds of girls who have been absent and dropping out of schools can remain in school without any hindrances,” said Ajuna
He said that most of the girls do not return for afternoon lessons whenever they are experiencing their cycles and is optimistic that the sanitary pads will help to reduce the vice among the girls.
The Director of Kabale Trinity College Joab Tumwebarize Muhwezi commended the old boys and girls of the school saying that the provision of sanitary pads will address absenteeism among girls.
Speaking during the handover, the Assistant Pastor of St. James Kijuguta church of Uganda Rev. Judith Atwongirwe Arinda has cautioned girls against wasting time in sexual relationships but work hard if you are to have a better future.
A UNESCO study on menstrual management in 2015 reveals that Uganda has the highest dropout rate in East Africa with up to 75% of the pupils dropping out, most of which are girls.
Similarly, a study conducted by the United Nations in 2014, reveals that one out of 10 African school girls skip school or drops out of school entirely due to lack of menstrual products and poor access to proper sanitation.