Africa appeal is not pants!

Help­ing girls keep up their stud­ies

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Leona Greenan

Fe­male pupils at im­pov­er­ished schools in Malawi are be­ing helped to keep at­tend­ing their stud­ies thanks to North La­nark­shire school pupils and coun­cil staff.

An appeal, to col­lect new un­der­pants for girls so they can at­tend school dur­ing their men­stru­a­tion, has been a huge suc­cess.

And now 13 pupils from North La­nark­shire sec­on­daries will help de­liver the un­der­wear to schools in the African coun­try as they em­bark upon a 10-day visit.

North La­nark­shire Provost Jean Jones said: “Fresh clean pants aren’t widely avail­able in Malawi, which means that many girls sim­ply can’t get to school dur­ing their men­stru­a­tion.

“This has a hugely neg­a­tive im­pact on their ed­u­ca­tion.

“These kind do­na­tions by coun­cil staff and lo­cal peo­ple will make a huge dif­fer­ence to a girl’s life chances – so thank you ev­ery­one.”

The pants appeal helps North La­nark­shire’s Aim­ing Higher in Malawi project which aims to trans­form the health and ed­u­ca­tion of girls and dis­abled chil­dren in the poverty-stricken coun­try.

Charles Fawcett, healthy life­style project man­ager and a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Malawi, added: “The work of the project team can make a huge dif­fer­ence not only the girls’ ed­u­ca­tion but to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties treat girls and boys dif­fer­ently. Girls face greater dis­crim­i­na­tion, less ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties and lit­tle or in­ad­e­quate ed­u­ca­tion and health care.

“Know­ing that they have sup­port and gen­eros­ity from the peo­ple of North La­nark­shire of­ten pro­vides a great boost to the girls’ con­fi­dence and self-es­teem.”

Go on­line to www.just­giv­ ahim if you want to con­trib­ute to the project.

The project can make a dif­fer­ence not only to the girls’ ed­u­ca­tion but to the lo­cal com­mu­nity

African appeal North La­nark­shire Provost Jean Jones and the team sup­port­ing the pants appeal for Malawi

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