Pupils support girls facing period poverty at link school in Uganda


June 2021

1st June 2021

Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School pupils support girls facing period poverty at link school in Uganda
Pupils are supporting young girls on the other side of the world facing period poverty.
At Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School, children are taught that "everyone can make a difference" and no matter how small you are, you can still help tackle problems locally - or far away.
This term children have been learning about period poverty during their Sex and Relationships Education classes and were excited to hear that one of the topics discussed at the G7 summit earlier this month was girls' education.
On learning that period poverty is a real issue faced by many girls at their link school in Kikandwa, a rural area of Kassandra, Uganda, pupils at Keyham Barton pledged to make a difference and support the girls however they could.
During their Design Technology lessons, pupils have been designing, making and sewing washable, sustainable sanitary pads to send to the girls in Uganda - and finding ways to enable to girls there to sew them for themselves in the future.
Headteacher Rachael Riley said: "Our school is linked with Kikandwa, a rural, government primary school in Kassanda, District of Uganda.
"Through this link and our learning, we have found out that girls can lose one week of schooling every month because they do not have sanitary pads to use during their periods.
"This is a shocking situation! Our children could understand that, quite quickly, girls will fall behind with their education – and then may simply drop out of school altogether, even before they finish primary school!"
You can hear more about the school's project in the YouTube video here:https://www.youtube.com/watchv=ZK05JRrC1no&feature=youtu.be
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