A pad a cycle to keep girls in class

2016-09-08 06:00
Constance Leputhing, Proportional Representation (PR councillor), of Subcouncil 11, (left) Thozama Mdala, of National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), (right) and learners during the handover of sanitory towels, in ID Mkize Bcm School, in Gugulethu, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Constance Leputhing, Proportional Representation (PR councillor), of Subcouncil 11, (left) Thozama Mdala, of National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), (right) and learners during the handover of sanitory towels, in ID Mkize Bcm School, in Gugulethu, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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ID Mkhize High School learners in Gugulethu were more the merrier on Friday after they received a donation of sanitary towels from a local councillor and a youth agency.

PR Councillor Constance Leputhing and the National Youth Development Agency’s Thozama Mdala handed over the pads to a group of Grade 12 learners at the school.

Leputhing said some learners struggle with money to buy sanitary towels as they come from disadvantage backgrounds.

She old the story of how she herself struggled to obtain the pads as a younger woman, and had to resort to using a piece of cloth during her cycles.

“There was a girl who grew-up without parents and she loved school. She used a piece of cloth as sanitary towel. That girl is me. I did not have sanitary towels, but I went to school. Sanitary towels are important for the dignity of women,” Leputhing said.

Mdala said they are aware that some learners run short of sanitary towels.

“We are still in negotiations about ensuring that sanitary towels are available free of charge(just) like condoms. We encourage hygiene in women. When we are not clean, we invite diseases,”

She said they have also donated sanitary towels to learners at Siyazingisa Primary School in the past, and that there are more other local schools that are still going to benefit from the campaign.

Zimkhitha Sipayile, a Grade 12 learner who benefited, said the donation is going to help her a lot.

“I feel very happy. I run out of sanitary towels most of the time. I ask my friends for them at school and they help me. I stay with my aunt who is unemployed,” Sipayile said.

Musa Sophangisa, is also a learner who benefited. She applauded the donation.

“I am very happy, because sometimes I run-out of them. I wish they can continue donating them to us, because there’s a big need for them,” Sophangisa said.

Mosatiotsile Mogorosi, a teacher at the school, said the donation will go a long way towards helping the learners.

“This campaign is important because in the past some of the learners did not come to school when they were on periods as result of not having sanitary towels. Other parents do not have money to buy them. Some learners end up using wrong things as substitution for sanitary towels which lead to infection,” Mogorosi said.

Leputhing, who is a former leaner at the school, also told the learners that NYDA will visit the school again in November to let them know about their Solomon Mahlangu Bursary which is available for best performing learners.

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