In quest to improve girls menstrual hygiene in schools, EMDEF has handed over Girls changeroom block which has been constructed with funding from Hilden Charitable Fund to Enthongeni Primary School in Ekwendeni, Mzimba North.
Presiding the Handover ceremony, EMDEF Executive Director Towera Ngwira highlighted the vital importance of providing a dedicated and safe space for girls during their menstrual periods, as this was previously lacking at the school.
“Further to that, we have empowered the Mother Group with a sewing machine and start up resources which will be used to sew reusable sanitary pads for the learners to manage their period, but also school uniforms for needy learners” said Ngwira.
Speaking during the ceremony, EPS Headteacher Beston Njikho said the development has come on the right time as the school had no girls change room facility which made girls to be absent which greatly affected their performance.
“The arrival of the Girls’ Changeroom Block is a long-awaited blessing. Previously, girls would often miss school during their periods due to the absence of appropriate facilities. This absence significantly impacted their educational journey. Now, with this wonderful addition, we can expect improved attendance and overall academic performance among our female learners,” said Njikho.
More than 4 primary schools in Mzimba North have so far benefited from EMDEF’s menstrual hygiene management initiative through the construction of girls changeroom blocks.