The greatest challenge facing school girls

The greatest challenge in girls’ education is absenteeism related to reproductive health issues. Studies undertaken by a variety of agencies have indicated that lack of sanitary towels is an impediment to girls’ education. A girl misses 4 days a month due to menses. This equates to 2 weeks per term and 6 weeks during a school year. Within 4 years of high school the same girl loses 156 learning days (equivalent to 24 weeks of learning). This is not only detrimental to the girl’s chance at a thorough education and successful career, but the absenteeism from schools is linked to serious developmental issues such as early marriage, FGM, HIV, verbal abuse by teachers and even infant mortality.

We have played a key role in numerous partnerships with other stakeholders to support the education for the girl child in Kenya.

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