STUDENT PROJECT: Adolescent Girls 2015-16
The student groups in the second year were to develop a WASH concept that would focus specifically on tackling some of the issues adolescent girls face in school and in their communities.
The original objectives of the project were:
- To assess the sanitation facilities in schools, especially for adolescent girls.
- To find out how adolescent girls access sex education in school and in the community, and how effective this has been.
- To find out how parents and elders in the community get involved in the issues of adolescent girls.
- To assess the communication strategies and means to receive information on sexuality.
- To work hand in hand with the SMEs to device a product that girls can sustainably and conveniently use during menstruation.
Based on the data collected from the field, the team’s outcome was a List of Recommendations for the different actors in the community (national, district, sub-district, school, civil society, girl pupil, private sector) how to involve the special needs of adolescent girls in planning and development. The team also listed key issues to be addressed to have a positive impact: 1) dysfunctional communities, 2) lack of access to pads, and 3) inefficient sex education strategies in school.