In a bid to reduce girl child drop-out rates, UNICEF, an international organization, has donated sanitary pads and soap to 30 primary schools in Lamwo district.
The sanitary pads and boxes of soap were given to the schools under its project of enhancement of quality education which aims at keeping the girl child at school.
Ojoro Ben Washington, the Lamwo District Inspector of Schools says each of the 30 schools received three boxes of sanitary pads and three boxes of soap.
According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO”, about 90% of girls in rural areas cannot afford sanitary pads that cost between 3,000 – 5,000 shillings.
Evidence suggests that menstrual period around puberty is one in which many girls drop out of school or are absent from school for long periods of time.
According to the 2019 report, only 26% out of the 100% registered girls at primary schools in Lamwo district completed the primary education cycle from primary one to primary seven.