By Elias Hakizimana.
Tumukunde Safari Stella, a student in primary six at Intwali Primary School in Nyarugenge District, Kigali city said that girl children experience a hard life due to lack of sanitary pads at school when they get their periods.
Tumukunde added that a girl is not comfortable to study when she lacks materials to help her at school as sometimes she can go back home and miss lessons.
She thanked Save the Children Rwanda to support them with sanitary pads and other hygiene materials in the girl’s room, noting that it was a challenge as they did not have enough materials in.
“We did not have enough materials in the girl’s room, today we thank Save the Children to give us these important materials. The girls’ room will help us cater for a girl who falls sick and in case a girl reaches her period,” Tumukunde said.
She added that the equipped girls’ room will add a trust to their success at school because they will be comfortable when they get their periods.
Zamida Uzamukunda, Head teacher of Intwali Primary School said that the materials they have got are very important as the school has girl students who get their periods.
She said that it was a challenge for the school to buy the sanitary pads due to limited resources.
Save the Children-Rwanda donated the school with a mattress, 2 bedsheets, 2 hand towers, bathing soaps, skin butter packets, girls’ under wear and sanitary pads that were placed in the girl’s room.
The initiative of handing over these materials to the school took place on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the school’s headquarters in Nyarugenge District, Nyamirambo.
Uzamukunda said that children still lack information about reproductive health, which is a challenge as sometimes when girl children see blood of their period they can fear that it is an illness.
“The girl’s room is very important, we currently help them when they approach us and inform if they get their periods. They do not fear to tell us because we are parents. We tell them that getting their periods is not an illness, we sometimes gather them together for reproductive health lessons and this adds value to their education,” Uzamukunda noted, adding that they are happy to receive the support of different materials to equip the girl’s room.
Juvenal Habyarimana, in charge of Itorero in Nyarugenge District said that parents need to embark on their responsibilities to cater for children education apart from being concentrated on businesses.
“We need to increase efforts in mobilizing parents to cater for children education before waiting for supports from elsewhere,” he said.
Intwali Primary school has 2,686 students and among them 1,209 are girls.
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