Keeping girls in school: Tackling child marriage, teenage pregnancy and period poverty in Malawi.
African Child Trust (ACT) has recently completed their Ulemu Project, a project aimed at addressing the high dropout rate of girls across two schools in Nyezerera community, Malawi.
The need for the project first became apparent in 2014 when ACT were made aware that only 20% of the girls they were sponsoring through education in this area actually completed their studies.
Upon reviewing this phenomenon, ACT noticed a vast correlation between girls entering puberty and female school dropout rates.
From there on the project became focused on addressing the issues thrown up by puberty in a poverty-stricken area, namely inadequate menstrual health care, early age marriages and teenage pregnancy.