Free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities across Scotland as part of a new £5.2 million fund.
The scheme – which coincides with the start of the academic year – is aimed at helping banish period poverty for 395,000 school pupils, college students and university students.
The Scottish Government worked with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Colleges Scotland, Universities Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council to ensure the availability of products reflects the views and needs of learners.
North Kincardine Councillor and COSLA President, Alison Evison, said: “Councils work hard to tackle barriers which can get in the way of young people fulfilling their potential in education. We are therefore pleased to be working with Scottish Government and the college and university sector to provide young people with sanitary products free in their schools.
“While the primary aim is to ensure no young person misses out on their education through lack of access to sanitary products, it will also contribute to a more open conversation and reducing the unnecessary stigma associated with periods.”
It follows a successful pilot project in Aberdeen to provide free sanitary products to women from low-income homes.
The Scottish Government went on to extend the scheme and gave £500,000 to charity FareShare to distribute the products nationwide.