Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
The goal number 4 on quality education ensures inclusive and quality education for all. It ensures all girls and boys access and achieve quality education and aims at eliminating gender disparities. However, for the girl child, this proves to be difficult in remote areas and developing countries where two out of the girls miss school during their menstruation periods. The reason for this trend is the fact that their choice for the right and quality menstrual pads are limited by their costs and availability. On the other hand, good health and hygiene during their periods are a bit hard to achieve due to lack of proper tools like separate toilets for the girls in schools and there is also less or no education on menstruation to girls because it is a taboo to discuss such topics. For that reason, my idea aims at solving the underlying issues of lack of menstrual pads amongst school girls and address the issue of proper Menstrual hygiene in schools for the purpose of ensuring girls access education with no distractions whatsoever. It also seeks to establish platforms where menstrual hygiene awareness and topics can be discussed in schools without prejudice and to offer the girls an opportunity to to concentrate on their education and compete at the same level academically with the male students. This will be achieved by supplying free menstrual pads to school girls and organizing rallies where girls can be taught on how to maintain proper hygiene during their menstrual periods and where they can share with health experts the challenges they face during their menses which affects their education negatively. Also, the idea in keen in raising an awareness to the community, especially mothers, on the importance of discussing menstrual health with their children.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The 'Free_Pad_Free_Girl_Campaign' targets primary and high school girls from remote areas in Kenya and later on in Africa, who come from poor backgrounds in order to support them by giving free pads every month to them. The expected impact include: 1) No girl will be able to miss school on the basis of lack of pads for there will be a distribution of free pads to all girls at schools hence a total school attendance as they pursue quality education. This will reduce the rates at which girls are dropping out of schools and give them a chance to concentrate on their education with no limitations whatsoever. 2) Through this campaign, schools and the communities around schools will be educated on the importance of addressing the menstrual health topics as opposed to it being a taboo. This will allow girls to participate in school and community activities fully. 3) Through rallies, experts will teach and train school girls on proper menstrual hygiene hence a reduction of infections during their menses as Schools will be urged to build adequate sanitation facilities like water facilities and separate toilets for the girs. Through these rallies, school girls will get an opportunity to share with the experts the hardships they go through during their menses, which affects their education progress negatively, and it will be solved in order to allow them focus fully on their education. 4) The social media campaign aims at enlightening the masses on the issues to do with Menstrual Health and why it is important to support this cause we are undertaking.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
1) An online campaign through social media platforms will be launched under the hashtag '#Free_Girl_Free_Pad' in order to showcase the work being done on the ground in order to allow the public to support the initiative. A paybill will be created for the same purpose and collaboraters will be highly welcomed to support the initiative. 2) Partnerships with schools, volunteers, friends and non-governmental organizations who share the same common objectives. By this, it will be a collective work and partnerships with a one goal of making sure the girl child bypasses all barriers to access quality education. By these partnerships, it will make it more easier to reach to as many schools as possible every month for the same purpose. 3) Negotiations with Menstrual Pads producing companies for slight discounts for the bulky purchase we shall be making every month. On that note, good quality reusable pads at a reduced price will be a a great boost to the initiative. 4) A selection of experts in the sector of Menstrual Health will be selected through interviews. Their role will be to make sure we purchase reusable and non-reusable pads of good quality, train and teach school girls on Menstrual hygiene as well as planning major rallies with schools heads in raising awareness of Menstrual Health. They will also advocate the government through this campaign to build separate wash rooms for girls in schools. Note; A team of volunteers will be in charge of distributing of the pads and other activities of the initiative.
My name is Leezert Baraza. I am a change maker who is passionate about making and leaving an impact in this world through change. Born in Kenya, I have worked with different organizations, associated with all kinds of people and I have been able to see the few of the many gaps that needs to be filled in the society. This motivated me to be a change maker in the society and I am willing to be a part of the solution.