The society has been challenged to take decisive steps to address challenges facing school girls and particularly in marginal areas.
The Nyandarua County Governor, Francis Kimemia’s wife, Mrs. Ann Kimemia noted that concerted efforts by the society can keep girls in school to pursue their dreams.
Kimemia was speaking on Wenesday at St. Peter’s Primary School at Ol Kalou town in Nyandarua during the launch of Proctor and Gamble’s (PG) Programme dubbed; ‘Always Keeping Girls in School’.
About 800 girls in 21 schools in the County are set to benefit from free sanitary pads aimed at keeping the learners in school.
Kimemia noted that many girls were locked out of school and identified biological maturation as a major problem to the trend.
For many girls from poor backgrounds, the onset of puberty marks a sharp decline in school attendance while others drop out of school completely, Kimemia said.
She further noted that lack of sanitary pads coupled with lack of knowledge on menstrual hygiene management turns what should be a celebration to womanhood to a period of shame, embarrassment and stigma.
She said provision of the pads will create confidence in the girls since they can go about their daily duties without worry.
The girls will also undergo a one year puberty education, reproductive health and financial literacy among other life skills capacity building.
She said the training under the programme will end low self-esteem that makes the girls more susceptible to gender violence, sexual abuse and unsafe sex practices.
Nyandarua now joins other counties in a project by Procter and Gamble for providing free sanitary towels to school girls in the country.
Source: Kenya News Agency