The School Education and Sports Department has now taken an important decision to implement the menstruation management program in the schools and will be implemented under the ‘Clean India, Clean School’ campaign.
According to a survey conducted by the UNICEF a few days ago, in Maharashtra, only 13 percent of girls in the age group of 11 to 19 years of age were aware about it. The survey also revealed that the number of adolescent girls who have been away from school during menstrual cycle was 60 to 70 per cent. The campaign is undertaken to educate girls about menstruation at the right time. In the school where adolescent girls are studying, the school should have free sanitary facilities, sanitary pad availability and the disposal of the same.
So, the information about menstrual cycle, challenges during menstruation, hygiene and proper handling of sanitary pads, removal of superstitions and misconceptions during menstrual period.
Earlier, this program was implemented on experimental basis by UNICEF’s technical assistance in some districts of the state. Not only school girls, even women will benefit from it. The ‘clean school, clean Maharashtra’ task force has been set up for effective implementation of this program. Also, every school should have separate toilets for girls and the family should also provide information about menstruation.
In addition, in this task force, there will be Secondary Education Officer, Executive Engineer of ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’, Gender Equity Coordinator, teacher (male and female), Primary Education Officer will be the member secretary and will be responsible for the overall implementation and monitoring of the program.