Towards a sustainable solution for school menstrual hygiene management
Since 2013, SNV Zimbabwe has been implementing the Improving girls' access through transforming education (IGATE) project with the aim of identifying and reducing the barriers that limit and hinder girls’ educational access.
The IGATE project covers 10 districts and is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is being implemented by a consortium led by World Vision Zimbabwe which includes SNV and other partners. Project activities are aimed at preventing early drop-outs by creating an enabling environment that encourages girls that are already outside the system, to re-enrol and complete their education.
The various models through which the IGATE project is implemented, address various barriers that hinder girls' access to education. These include village savings and loans, mothers groups, girl empowerment (power from within), Schools Development Committees (SDCs), capacity building including the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) component, bicycle education empowerment programme (BEEP), male champions for girls' education, channels of hope (religious component targeting challenges of early marriages) and improving children’s reading culture (happy readers). SNV's focus within the IGATE project is capacity building of the SDCs, covering the WASH component including MHM.
Some of the results: