The boy child has something to smile about after the Commission lobbied development partners to provide dignity kits in a similar initiative targeting girls. The dignity kits for boys provided by the United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA are a first of their kind to be distributed to primary and secondary schools in Kenya with the pilot exercise being conducted in Kalama sub county, Machakos County.
NGEC Chairperson Dr. Joyce Mutinda who led the Commission in monitoring the distribution of the dignity kits said the move was as a result of an advisory by the Commission to the Government and development partners to engender the free sanitary pads for school going girls programme and ensure that boys also got appropriate dignity kits to enable them continue with their studies uninterrupted.
“We realized that boys also deserve to receive dignity kits with appropriate personal effects for their hygiene and grooming to ensure they are clean, smart and confident to continue with their studies”. Said Dr Mutinda. The boy’s dignity kits comprise of a set of boxers, bathing soap, sandals, a flashlight, a comb, a vest among other assorted personal effects.
During the distribution exercise a total of 150 kits comprising 50 for boys and 100 for girls were issued to pupils and students from Iiyuni, Iyanzoni,Muumaandu,Mbembani, Kwa Kavoo ,Masaani and Kangonde primary and secondary schools in Kalama and Masinga Subcounties.