Boudha 06, Mahankal Phant, Kathmandu, Nepal
Welcome to Bikalpa Gyan Tatha Bikas Kendra
An innovative program which addresses the issues of menstrual hygiene management in schools and raise awareness on creating safe space for girls within their schools. It is led by Kishoree (adolescent girls) in each school and is run in 22 schools in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Safe Space for girl in schools is one of the programs under Bikalpa Gyan Tatha Bikas Kendra Nepal which is running in 20 schools of Kathmandu valley and working with9 Kishoree (young girls) in each school making total of 180 Kishoree directly to create gender sensitive facilities in schools especially for girls. This Program is to ensure girls' access to the clean sanitary napkins, disposable facilities, adequate supply of water and awareness raising on the need of menstrual health and hygiene.
Menstrual health and hygiene has been a great challenge for menstruating girls especially in schools. Most of the schools still lack sanitation facilities and the supplies they need during menstruation. Many girls therefore avoid going to school,miss their classes resulting in increasing numbers of drop out. In order to address the problem, we have conducted orientation and consultation to the school’s principals and teachers to understand the need of menstrual hygiene importance in schools, orientation and discussion Program with the Kishoree on the menstrual health and hygiene. We also have been conducting Digital Advocacy by sending awareness messages on different themes to 1,000 people every month, sending letter to 1000 schools’ principals, activities to ensure the disposable facilities and cleanliness of girls’ toilets in schools and developing and publishing posters and publication to raise awareness.
Accomplished Activities under Hygiene and Health Promotion: Safe space for girls in school