RANGPUR: Fifty-one percent of schoolgirls currently
use hygienic sanitary pads in working areas of WaterAid Bangladesh in Rangpur
division while 86 percent schoolgirls used old clothes during menstruation
only three years back.
Speakers disclosed the information at an experience-sharing workshop
styled 'School Sanitation Programme in Rangpur Division: Achievements and
What to Do' held at Begum Rokeya auditorium in the city today.
WaterAid Bangladesh organised the event to share experience of its 'Wash
in School' programme in association with partner organisations involved with
implementation of the programme at all the 58 upazilas of eight districts in
Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangshad Advocate Fazle Rabbi Miah
attended the workshop as the chief guest with Divisional Commissioner Kazi
Hasan Ahmed in the chair.
Additional Secretary to the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
Division Dr Aruna Biswas, Directors Mozammel Hossain Chowdhury and Dr
Jahangir Hossain of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary
Education and Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman addressed the event
as special guests.
Noted media personality and Editor of daily Bhorer Kagoj Shyamal Dutt
moderated the discussion.
Educationists, government officials, NGO representatives, teachers, female
students, guardians, and members of school managing committees from all over
Rangpur division participated in the programme.
WaterAid Country Director Dr Khairul Islam delivered welcome speech
narrating success of the 'Wash in School' programme in improving sanitation
and pure drinking water facilities in schools to increase the presence of
female students in classrooms.
Equity and Rights Specialist of WaterAid Bangladesh Mahfuj-ur Rahman said
40 percent schoolgirls remained absent from classrooms for three days
averagely every month and 86 percent used old clothes and could not change
those in schools during menstruation even a few years back.
"The situation has changed now in Rangpur division where WaterAid
Bangladesh has constructed hygienic sanitary latrines in 64 schools and
madrashas for 27,544 female students and 1,062 teachers in only five months
this year," he said.
"Currently, 51 percent schoolgirls use sanitary pads, 34 percent change
those at hygienic sanitary latrines during school times, 84 percent believe
that there are enough space, light and places for leaving their used pads on
the latrine premises," he added.
Chairman and CEO of Swarnokishori Network Foundation Farzana Brownia,
Divisional Deputy Director of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher
Secondary Education Mostaq Habib, journalist Mustafa Mallick, student Keya
Moni, guardian Bholarm Das, teacher Masudur Rahman and SMC President Rezaul
Rahman Babul took part in the discussion.
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