Whilst most girls now attend at least primary school in Zimbabwe, girls often miss many days during the month due to need to help out in the home, or when menstruating as there are no facilities at school, or due to early pregnancy. This leads to lower grades and higher drop out rates for girls compared to boys. CHC members are taught the importance of keeping their girl children at school for as long as possible, as well as providing training for school children in school health clubs.
- They learn life skills for avoiding pregnancy and make informed decisions
- They are taught how to make sanitary towels and manage menstruation.
- They are more likely to stay at school longer if their mothers can raise money for school fees
- Literacy skills are taught in health clubs for illiterate members
- Any learning difficulties are identified early and students supported