- The RCL at Camps Bay High School has embarked on a project to raise funds for sanitary products to end period poverty at the school.
- The project is expected to end period poverty for at least one year.
- In a month, the RCL raised more than R17 000. The funds will be used to buy products in bulk to ensure there is never a shortage.
The Representative Council of Learners (RCL) at Camps Bay High School has embarked on a project to raise funds for sanitary products to end period poverty at the school for at least a year.
According to the school, the initiative started with members of the RCL buying sanitary pads and tampons and placing them in all female bathrooms on a trial basis to measure usage and to see whether the privilege would be abused or not.
"Earlier this year, the newly elected Camps Bay High School RCL decided to try an experiment in the female and gender neutral bathrooms at school. The team placed baskets with free sanitary products available to all those in need," the school's educator-in-charge of RCL, Michelle Janse van Rensburg, said.
She added this was incredibly well received by the pupils and based on this, they launched an internal funding drive with parents and guardians at the school so the project could be sustained in the long term.
In a month, the RCL raised more than R17 000. The funds will be used to buy products in bulk to ensure that there is never a shortage at the school.
Cape Town high school raises funds to end period poverty for at least one year. (Supplied)
"Independently of this donation, the school has also invested in sanitary product dispensers, which are now on the walls of the bathrooms," said Van Rensburg.
Principal Louis Mostert expressed his gratitude to the pupils and parents for their support.
"We are very proud of our RCL for driving this incredibly thoughtful project and we are very grateful to our community for the generous support of this project which will ensure that it will be sustainable in the long term. We have no doubt that this small gesture has made a big difference in the lives of some of our learners," he said.
Another member of the RCL, Michael Gulston, said he had always questioned why sanitary products were not supplied free of charge in all female and gender neutral bathrooms at school.
"Menstruation is not a choice and period poverty within our school community is definitely a reality. Camps Bay High School is a truly diverse school, with learners coming from a variety of backgrounds. Sometimes, learners may also come to school unprepared.
"We hope that the small steps we have taken here can inspire other schools to start their own initiatives and I would like to challenge other RCLs to start their own initiatives to end period poverty in their schools," added Gulston.