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Kitui students with disabilities are provided with wheelchairs and toilets.

Kitui students with disabilities are provided with wheelchairs and toilets.

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“Most schools had toilets that were unsuitable for learners with disabilities, posing a significant challenge even in their studies,” Pereira explained.

Before the construction of the toilets, children at Mwingi Primary School would use the nearby bush, according to headteacher Joseph Muthui.

Kitui students with disabilities are provided with wheelchairs and toilets.
Kitui students with disabilities are provided with wheelchairs and toilets.

UNICEF donated wheelchairs and toilets to children with disabilities in Kitui County.

Hundreds of students in 97 schools across the county benefited from the donation, which was intended to improve sanitation.

Mwingi North had 25 schools benefit, Mwingi Central had 39, Kitui East had 14, and Kitui South had 19.

More than 50 students in the Kyuso sub-county, Mwingi North, were given wheelchairs to help them move around.

Kitui Woman Representative Irene Kasalu hosted the event on Tuesday at Kyuso Market.

Kasalu stated that every learner, including those with disabilities, has the right to an education.

She advised parents of such children to apply for bursaries regularly.

The legislator stated that she will introduce legislation to encourage the government to provide these students with wheelchairs and to build toilets in schools for them.

Kitui Woman Rep Irene Kasalu addresses residents during the distribution of wheelchairs to disabled children in Kyuso, Kitui on Tuesday, March 1.

Justina Perreira
Kitui students with disabilities are provided with wheelchairs and toilets.

Justina Pereira, curriculum support officer at Mwingi North Special Needs Education, stated that children with disabilities had difficulty accessing washrooms because the ones available did not accommodate them.

She stated that she approached UNICEF and presented the challenges, pleading for their assistance.

Pereira spoke while inaugurating the restrooms at Mwingi Primary School on Monday.

“Most schools had toilets that were unsuitable for learners with disabilities, posing a significant challenge even in their studies,” she explained.

To combat the spread of Covid-19, the NGO also set up a handwashing station per Ministry of Health guidelines.

According to Pereira, the girls also benefited from sanitary towel donations to ensure they are comfortable and do not miss school while on their periods.

“We discovered that most girls in schools use mattresses, socks, and handkerchiefs as pads. This makes it difficult for them, particularly at school “She stated.

According to Pereira, washable sanitary towels can be used for two years.

Mwingi Primary School
Mwingi Primary School

Before the construction of the toilets, children at Mwingi Primary School would use the nearby bush, according to headteacher Joseph Muthui.

He claimed that as a result, there was a high level of absenteeism.

The facility, according to the headteacher, will improve sanitation at the school.

He claims that the facility will boost academic performance in the school because the students will be more relaxed and able to focus on their studies.

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