Plan International Malawi has trained mother groups from four schools in Kasungu to make sanitary pads and face masks for learners.
The development follows government’s decision to reopen schools next Monday after almost five months since they were closed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mother groups from Kavizinde, Kanyantha, Kanjaluni and Kakwale primary schools also received a sewing machine each.
In an interview, Plan International Malawi child protection specialist Angela Manyeka said they want to ensure that girls are protected from the pandemic.
“Besides, girls fail to go to school during menstruation for lack of sanitary pads. So, the initiative seeks to help girls get pads easily,” she said.
On his part, Central East Education Division desk officer Mervin Chilongo said the gesture will advance education in the district.
“The pads will help girls attend lessons during their menstruation. The masks will also protect them from the pandemic,” he said.
Kavizinde Primary School mother group chairperson Catherine Phiri said the training will improve girls’ education through the provision of sanitary pads and face masks.
Plan also donated 27 rolls of various fabric, eight pairs of scissors, tape measure and sewing wool to the groups.
The training and donation cost about K7.2 million.