By: Palesa Makanyane
Limpopo MEC for Education Polly Boshielo has announced on social platforms that as the department of Education, they have started with distribution of sanitary towels to girl child in Quintile-3 schools. This mission will bring so much relief to young girls and help keep them in school.
“The sanitary towels are branded with the logo of Limpopo Department of Education and written not for sale. Please be on the lookout, nobody must sell these sanitary towels to learners or others who are not learners,” She highlighted on the announcement.
Sanitary Towels are a necessity for every girl child; it is amazing to see the department working hard to ensure that all kids from different backgrounds look the same at school.
Masahledi Makanyane said as a mother she is happy with how things are changing.
“As a person from an unprivileged background, it was hard being a girl at that time. I remember back in the days I would use a sock as sanitary towel. People are struggling out there and they’d rather buy food than sanitary towels. This is the beginning of great grades at schools because our kids won’t have to stress about their monthly periods,” She said.
Meanwhile Galaletsang Shadi said she is glad that the government choose to have their emblem on the sanitary pads.
“People must be aware should someone sell the sanitary towels, they should be reported to the police for crime because the towels are meant for school kids,” said Galaletsang.
A founder of help a girl child stay in school, Kholofelo Phasha explained the difficulties girls face in school during their periods.
“Their fear of being ridiculed and embarrassed keeps them away from a basic need that they need-education. Trying to improvise, many practice unhygienic methods to manage their periods such as using washing and reusing sanitary pads, paper towels, newspapers, cloths, etc”. Providing girls with these free towels will definitely help in keeping them in school, and not fearing embarrassment.