Period poverty: Peter Weir's proposal for free school products approved

By Robbie Meredith
BBC News NI Education Correspondent

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The education minister has received executive approval to provide free period products to all schools in NI.

Peter Weir brought a paper on 'period poverty' to the executive meeting on Thursday.

Now that it has been approved, the scheme is expected to be in place for September 2021.

There is currently no Northern Ireland-wide scheme to provide girls with access to sanitary products in schools.

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Other organisations, like the Homeless Period Belfast, have called for free sanitary products in schools, while MLAs on Stormont's education committee also expressed support for the move.

There is concern that some girls miss days at school because they cannot afford period products.

The initiative is expected to cost about £2.5m over the next five years, and would include a campaign to raise awareness of period poverty.

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