Addressing infrastructural barriers to MHM in schools to support inclusive and quality learning for all

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Who actually cleans the sanitation facilities in schools? students?

I remember in my primary school we had some latrines constructed by the Min of Education, the first week we all enjoyed using them but then, with time we could no longer use them because they were disgustingly dirty. Most schools would not afford to hire someone to clean them so it will be up to the school to have a duty roster and the pupils/students would clean the toilets. This was so badly done that in the end we just stopped using the school toilets. Many girls will opt to stay at home during menstruation rather than going to school.
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Great to share from Nigeria perspective, You mostly see girls and women underwear spread in the bathroom or toilet as the case may be, while some still spread within the courtyard. From the women perspective, it is uncultured for a girl underwear to be public seen by every one. This is a life long culture and perception.But I see those perceptions gradually fading among the educated girl, women population.

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Re: Taking Note of Pad Management in Schools

Dear Therese,

I think incineration is not a good option for sanitary pads disposal unless incinerators fulfills Incinerator Flue Gas Emission Standards.

I would rather urge research in biodegradable menstrual pads.

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This is a very interesting discussion. Most of the aforementioned infrastructural barriers to MHM in schools are strongly related to shame, existing taboos and silence around the topic. It is very encouraging to see the MHM movement around the globe and the vivid exchange of experience. The movement is impacting on policies and guidelines in the education, health and WASH Sector and implementation is starting in many countries. However, even the internet is accelerating this movement, changes will not happen over night, this is specifically true for taboos and cultural believes. As Muhammadwaseen mentioned in his post from Pakistan, touching the MHM taboo is very difficult because awareness raising and discussion about MHM is not wanted or appreciated by many parents (and teachers) in rural Pakistan. This is true for many countries around the globe.

It might be best start addressing infrastructural barriers which are not controversial and can be addressed in the school context: cleanliness, access to privacy, water, soap and trash bins.
Next steps from there should be access to information on MHM, which is best provided by the Ministry of Education which has the mandate and the opportunity to take the topic forward in a cultural sensitive way and reach the youth. The distribution of cultural appropriate brochures or booklets supports girls and boys to understand their puberty and the same booklets will help teachers (and parents) to gain knowledge and find words and a language to communicate about MHM.
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Dear all,

I want to thank everyone, who participated in this enriching discussion!

We will oficially end the discussion now and start to prepare a Synthesis Report, that we will then share with you all.

Please don't hesitate to further continue the discussion nevertheless!


Thanks everyone!

Have a great weekend ahead!

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Mintje

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Re: Addressing infrastructural barriers to MHM in schools to support inclusive and quality learning for all

Dear Mintje,

I was just looking over older forum threads. I found your announcement of the upcoming synthesis report for this thematic discussion on "Addressing infrastructural barriers to MHM in schools to support inclusive and quality learning for all". Has it already been posted somewhere? Did I miss it?
If not, I look forward to seeing it soon, as it's such an important topic.

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