The East African Community together with the Arusha City Council and the International Women’s Day Committee conducted a sensitization event at Maweni Primary and Mkonoo Secondary Schools in Terat Ward, Arusha, Tanzania on 24th July 2020.
The community service event, which was originally meant to take place as part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day 2020 - themed “#EachforEqual” - in March 2020, could not take place due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic and subsequent closure of all schools in Tanzania. The event featured the donation of sanitary pads to about 600 students and created awareness on menstrual hygiene and the benefits and opportunities of East African Community Integration.
Ms Habiba Madebe, Community Development Officer, Arusha City Council thanked the EAC Secretariat and EAC-GIZ Programme for organizing the event and for complementing government’s effort in empowering girl’s academic performance through donation of sanitary pads.
“The ultimate objective of the East African Community integration is to ensure that citizens, including the youth, benefit from its opportunities such as cross border trade, educational exchange, access to employment opportunities and free movement across borders,” said Ms Ruth Mtoi Simba, Director of Human Resources at the East African Community.
“Menstrual hygiene is an essential element for ensuring quality education for girls in primary and secondary schools. This will prepare the youth to tap opportunities in life and contribute meaningfully to the integration process,” alluded Ms. Joyce Kevin Abalo-Kimaro, Senior Advisor IIDEA, EAC-GIZ.
The sensitization session on the benefits and opportunities of the EAC regional integration created awareness tangible opportunities benefits of regional integration to the citizens and prepared the students to take advantage of these benefits soon.