The girl students of Channarayapatna government primary school are on cloud nine. They got new toilets and a hand washing station. Prior to it, many of them were missing their classes during their menstrual cycle as the school lacked toilets.
Besides, most of their houses were far away from the school that they could not go to their houses in case of any emergency during that time. Ending their apprehensions, Reaching Hand has built toilets and a hand washing station for them.
“We are really happy that you built us toilets, but we want toilets for the boys and upper school as well,” says the students of Channarayapatna government primary school.
Inspired by the Reaching Hand’s efforts to reduce the dropout rate of girl students, panchayat member who attended the function promised that they would look into building toilets for boys, if the new ones are kept clean.
To this, the principal of the school promised they would leave no stone unturned to make sure that the toilets stay in good condition.
It is a fact that many schools in Karnataka do not have separate toilets for girls and many don’t have toilets at all. And schools which have these facilities lack hygiene and are poorly maintained.
According to the District Information System for Education (DISE) for the academic year 2015-16, 115 schools lack separate toilet for girls and a total of 280 schools do not even have boys’ toilets in Karnataka.
No doubt, this is one of the primary reasons for the increasing students’ dropout rate in the state.
Akshay Sagar, COO, Reaching Hand inaugurated the programme. Feba Nisha, Programme Manager, Khandappa, Programme Coordinator and Deepa Patil (AIF Clinton Fellow) attended the function. School authorities, teachers, members of gram and zilla panchayat and students also participated in the programme.