This year our project has embarked on a different approach of ensuring that their is improved hygiene and increased retention in primary schools among girls. Hygiene and Education are inter-linked in the development of girls,where one exists without the other, incases where there is Education and their is lack of proper Hygiene standards the girls Education is serverly hampered by high drop outs in schools and low enrolments. Our project has been tackling this issue by using Water and Sanitation as an entry point in schools in order to increase the demand of education among girls in basic education ( primary school).
Five specific primary school were targeted under this new approach in Kisii region,these were; Kiangoso, Kebobora, Bigogo, Nyakongo and Nyaisa. The new idea was welcomed by the 5 schools and through the collaboration of their school management committess we were able to do the following in each of the schools;
a) Formulate and initate 'girls club' concept in the school,where each school had 1 girls clubs with membership of 30 girls.
b) The girls members were trained on hygiene,reproductive health and specifically attitude change towards education.
c) The girls were also trained on ways of conducting sensitization and self-esteem activities among other girls as well.
d) The girls were trained as trainers (TOT) so as to be able to sensitize out of school girls on importance of education and hygiene.
About 150 girls were trained from these activities.The main purpose of the girls club will be to;
a) Sensitize and build self-esteem of girls.
b) Sensitize the school community on the importance of girls education and hygiene.
This wil involve sensitizing activities aimed at teenaged girls both in and out of the primary schools.We are at the initial stage of the girls club and it is expected that through this approach where the girls themselves sensitize other girls in their school community,more girls out of school will be attracted into the schools and further more on the benefits of proper hygiene standards that the schools offer.
We plan to role out this activity to 7 other primary schools in region,the respective school committees have agreed with the new plan that will ultimetly increase both enrolment and retention while also improving the hygiene conditions of the schools in particulaly related to the girl child. With your contributions together we will see that more girls enroll and remain in school in Kisii region.