An NGO, Hope and Dreams Initiative (HDI), says statistics show that one million pupils miss school every day because of lack of access to sanitary pad.
Mrs Nguzo Ogbodo, the founder of the organisation was speaking during the donation of some educational materials to schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja on Monday.
The organisation was also sensitising pupils on the importance of menstrual hygiene in schools and its environs. NAN
“Statistically, UNICEF has said one million pupils miss school every day because they don’t have access to sanitary pad and it is not just the sanitary pad but also wash facilities.
She called on stakeholders to get involved by providing the basic things that will enable children to remain in school.
“I am also calling on the government because non-governmental organisations cannot do all the work, so I am calling on the government to get involved,’’ she said.
“Globally, May was International Hygiene month and the reason why we choose menstrual hygiene is to create awareness about the plight that young girls all over the world are going through because of non-access to sanitary pad.
“So that is what Hope and Dreams Initiative is doing in all the schools. We are working by providing girls with sanitary pads, creating libraries in schools, building toilets and handwashing stations.”
She also appealed to the government to improve more on the security apparatus of the country so that children would be safe in schools.