We are delighted to share that we are participating in the Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata, the period products in schools’ initiative.
Research shows that 77 percent of students would rather fail a subject than have their peers know they have their period and approximately one in 12 reported having missed school due to lack of access to period products. This highlights the stigma surrounding periods that we hope to change. Through the initiative, we will also help to:
· Reduce barriers to access education
· Reduce financial strain on families to provide products
· Improve attendance
· Increase participation in sporting and cultural activities
The Ministry of Education is providing period products (pads and tampons) to students to allow them to manage their monthly cycle. We will have products available for students to pick up and take home soon, as well as having dispenser units in our school bathrooms.
We will let students know through the notices when the products have arrived at school.
For more information on the initiative, please visit: Ministry of Education - Ikura initiative.