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Project information

Education. Period; creating girl friendly schools

Many girls struggle at school once they enter puberty as they lack the information, sanitary products and supportive environment they need. This project builds the capacity of schools and the community to provide adolescent girls with the support they need to realise their full potential.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Irise International

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  • Need


    Many Ugandan school girls struggle to engage at school once they enter puberty as they lack the information, sanitary products and supportive environment they need to feel comfortable and confident during menstruation. Girls struggle to concentrate or miss school altogether impacting negatively on their performance and retention.
    The government has called on schools to do more but limited resources are available to help schools respond to this need.


    Our project builds the capacity of schools and communities to respond to the needs of girls long term whilst developing resources and learning to help others working in schools address this need. We will:
    - improve access to information by delivering teaching training via the district education office
    - improve product provision and facilities by working with Parent Teacher Associations
    - break the taboo by sensitising parents and the wider community about supporting girls during their periods

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable girls to access the information they need about their own bodies


    » Teacher training via the district education office and supported teaching sessions with boys and girls in targeted schools.
    » Distribution of school packs containing posters, manuals and flyers to institutionalise knowledge.

    What success will look like

    Improvement in teachers, girls and boys knowledge and attitudes towards menstruation and puberty.

    Aim 2

    To enable girls to access affordable sanitary products and gender sensitive sanitation facilities


    » Connecting Parent Teacher Associations to local entrepreneurs to set up a regular supply of affordable sanitary products
    » Working with Parent Teacher Associations to implement simple, low cost measures to make school facilities more gender sensitive

    What success will look like

    Number of schools committing to supply girls with products long term and schools improvement in score on menstruation friendly school facilities checklist.

    Aim 3

    To break the menstrual taboo and engage the school and community in supporting girls long term.


    » Events and local radio shows to sensitise the community about the importance of supporting girls during their periods

    What success will look like

    Parents and community leaders changes in attitude towards supporting girls during menstruation.

  • Impact


    The project will enable girls to engage in school more effectively during their periods because they are more comfortable and confident. They will miss less school and concentrate better when they are in school leading to better performance and retention. We will demonstrate this by comparing girls' test scores and retention rates in the schools we are working in to the average for the area.


    Communities will have different requirements of sanitary products and offering only one product may limit uptake of the scheme. For this reason we are offering a wide range of affordable products via our entrepreneurs.
    In order for training to be effective the information needs to be internalised or it will not be sustained long term. Delivering training via the district education office and supporting nominated teachers to train other teachers in their school will institutionalise knowledge.


    We regularly share updates via our newsletter and social media. If donors agree to be contacted we also share personal updates during the life of the project. Our overall progress and impact is made available to donors in our annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,700 Sensitising and training PTAs Meeting and events to sensitise and engage PTAs
      £1,700 Training teachers Training and supporting teachers
      £900 Supported sessions Supported sessions
      £1,400 Resources Resources and sample pads for schools
      £1,400 Entrepreneurs Linking entrepreneurs to schools to organise product provision
      £900 Evaluation Assessment of impact of project on teachers, girls and boys
  • Background


    The project is based in Jinja, Uganda and targets rural and peri-rural government primary and secondary schools.


    The project will benefit 4 schools. 2 teachers from each school will receive training via the district education office and will then train another 10 teachers in that school. 150 girls and boys in each school will receive teaching as part of teacher training and teachers will encouraged to continue teaching year on year. Each school will receive resources and take part in 1 community event. The project will help produce generalisable learning and resources others can use to replicate our work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This project is the culmination of several years experience developing an evidence based intervention to address the challenges girls face as the enter adolescence and start their periods. Our recent evaluation showed that girls really want and need the support of their parents and teachers to take full advantage of education and pads. This project pilots a model intervention that includes a strong taboo breaking component to build the capacity of the community to meet girls needs longterm.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Emily Wilson

    Our Director is a recognised expert in menstrual hygiene in East Africa and completed some of the first research investigating the issue.

    Izela Barlow

    Our Country Manager has a background in communications, previously the Director of an FGM charity she is well placed to mobilise the community.


empowers Grace with the pads and information she needs to stay in school all month long.

"I can conquer my future."