Ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt made his way to Oaklands High School in Lansdowne on Friday morning for a special handover. Kleinschmidt says the school was one of many identified to receive a number of sanitary pads for its girl learners. “As part of my social responsibility outreach, the Women’s Dignity Project in ward 60 was introduced and five high schools were identified to benefit. Currently, there are more than 600 girl learners at Oaklands High, and many learners cannot afford to purchase these, and opt to absent themselves from school on a monthly basis,” he says.“To alleviate the absence from school and the resultant loss of learning and subject matter, I trust that the next three months’ supply of sanitary pads will help learners until a more sustainable solution is found. “Thank you to the residents and businesses who donated R5270 towards the purchases and the LKRS Early Childhood Development Centre and the Islamic School for their contributions.”Parents urge local government to look further into the initiative to benefit more schools. “I am glad these girls were able to benefit from this project. There are many days that my daughter does not go into school because of not being able to afford pads. To spare the embarrassment she would stay at home and miss out on a few days of schoolwork,” says Noleen Botha. “I am hoping that the local government can implement free pads at all schools. Our girls cannot afford to stay out of school in this day and age.” V Ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt urges residents to support the project by making contributions. Contact the ward 60 councillor’s office on 021 802 5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.