Although the Keep a Girl in School project began by sourcing sanitary pads to help in a very practical way, we also want to recognise the importance of perspectives and beliefs in the challenges that face these young women.
We are convinced of the value of engaging with both boys and girls in the hope of changing attitudes and developing a better understanding of making relationships, the risk of unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STIs. Being well informed, understanding the risks and their implications, and knowing how to say no will hopefully equip the young people to make the best choices and lessen the devastating consequences of carelessness and lack of responsibility.
So, in addition to supplying sanitary pads to as many girls as possible, KaGiS supports The Healthy Choices Programme which educates both girls and boys via school sessions in Health, Sex and Relationships. The sessions have been well attended by boys and girls, and both have expressed appreciation of their short and long term significance.