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Most girls start primary school, but almost none of them make it to the end. One of the reasons for dropping out is because girls are embarrassed to use the same latrines as boys or have nowhere to wash at school once they start menstruating. Many decide to leave their textbooks behind and head back home to early marriage and another generation of poverty. <br />
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The small staff of Msiwa School, near the capital of Malawi, struggle to provide an education with a tiny budget and little equipment. Until recently, they didn't just need more teachers and books to get their children through school - they also needed more toilets. Without latrines and washing facilities, children were getting sick and dropping out, particularly girls.

Most girls start primary school, but almost none of them make it to the end. One of the reasons for dropping out is because girls are embarrassed to use the same latrines as boys or have nowhere to wash at school once they start menstruating. Many decide to leave their textbooks behind and head back home to early marriage and another generation of poverty.

The small staff of Msiwa School, near the capital of Malawi, struggle to provide an education with a tiny budget and little...
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