Government school in Kolar gets its first Pink Room

For several years, around 60 female students of Government High School at Madanahalli Cross in Kolar taluk used to struggle in the absence of a proper toilet. Hygiene went for a toss, and during their periods, the girls were forced to be absent.

With a ‘Pink Room’ to be inaugurated on the school’s premises on Saturday, these problems are set to end.

“The Pink Room is scheduled for inauguration on Saturday. The Pink Room is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 lakh. There are plans to have similar facilities at three more government high schools. We are ready to construct Pink Rooms in Bengaluru if sponsors come forward,” said Antony Sajeethco-founder or Heart of Giving Foundationan NGO invested in helping children of rural areas realize their potential through education and sports, providing infrastructural support and financial aid to government schools. A Pink Room is a hygienic room for girls on their periods.

It typically has a bed, attached bathroom, changing room, sanitary napkin vending machine and an incinerator for safe disposal of used pads. Such rooms are a safe and clean place to rest rather than staying home at the cost of missing education and a social life. It helps both girls and their parents feel secure about going to school, reducing shame and stigma often attached to menstruation and ensuring continuity of their education.

“The girls used to be absent during periods. There was no proper facility to cater to their needs. Now that will change,” said Government High School’s Vice Principal Vijayanand BG. Navyashree MN, a SSLC student, told Bangalore Mirror over the phone that she has been studying at this school for three years. “We were compelled to use the open space near the school to attend nature’s call. Now, I am very happy to have a Pink Room,” said Navyashree.

Welcoming the Heart of Giving Foundation for constructing the Pink Room at the Government High School, Madanahalli Cross, Vinod Kartavyaa social and environmental activist from Bengaluru, said many BBMP and government high schools in the city need such facilities for the welfare of female students.

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