Always Keeping Girls in School
Summary: The Always Keeping Girls in School program provides young schoolgirls from disadvantaged backgrounds with information about puberty and menstruation, free sanitary towels, educational resources, and motivational talks aimed at keeping them in school. --- The Always Keeping Girls in School program is aimed at countering the tendency amongst school-going girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to miss school during their menstrual periods. Research indicates that many girls are uninformed about menstruation, which can therefore cause them distress and shame. It further suggests that many are unable to afford sanitary protection, which exacerbates the situation. To address these issues, the program, run by Proctor and Gamble in con...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The program started in 2007 with one school per province. After experiencing some operational difficulties in several of the schools, the program implementers sought to formalize the program through creating a partnership with the National Department of Education, which was achieved in 2010. The Department of Education made a three-year commitment to the program, aimed at reaching 10,000 girls per year in 75 schools nationwide, provided Proctor and Gamble worked in partnership with UNICEF’s Girls and Boys Education Movement program for those initial three years (2010 — 2012). When that three year period ended, the Department gave Proctor and Gamble the go-ahead to continue the program in conjunction with the provinces, which were responsible for selecting appropriate schools to work in based on income quintiles and need. A verification process is then conducted on the ground by P&G in order to ascertain that these schools do in reality meet the required criteria.
South Africa, Kenya