WASH Education and Action

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The absence of adequate water and sanitation affects children’s health, school attendance and future economic potential. ECI is committed to water for life through education and empowerment of children and their families worldwide. In this time of rapidly changing environmental conditions, we all need to know where our water comes from, how to properly dispose of our waste and how to prepare water for safe drinking.

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Our successes to date:

GHANA

In Ghana, ECI Ghana provides WASH-related education and support in 10 Schools within 5 districts with over 500 children, 8-17 years of age.

I. WASH Clubs and Hygiene Promotion

  • Students are taught about hygiene promotion and handwashing and become WASH ambassadors among their peers, friends and families.
  • The children form WASH clubs at school which focus on hygiene promotion, student-led campaigns including proper handwashing techniques and frequency and clean up campaigns at school and at home.
  • The clubs also engage local representative of government in the community to support the WASH club campaigns with materials and resources.

II. Menstrual Hygiene

Adolescent girls face unique concerns during menstruation and many resort to staying home with long term consequences of low performance and higher school dropout rates This project introduces and promotes menstrual hygiene as a specific theme in a hygiene promotion program in selected schools. The project facilitates adolescent girls’ school attendance and retention through appropriate water and sanitation interventions, namely:

  • Access to menstrual hygiene information
  • Access to water and sanitation facilities for utilization

III. Rain water harvesting and water conservation

Students are taught the importance of water conservation and rain water harvesting during the rainy season for increased reliable access to water at school and at home.

  • Buckets are places in family compounds for harvesting the rain water and water treatments are explored.

NIGERIA

In Nigeria, ECI supports the WASH-related work of our partner, HACEY, in 3 primary schools with children between the ages of 5 to 14.

I. WASH Education

  • WASH issues are taught in schools during a practical five day training class where children learn about hand washing, how to keep their hands clean even when water is not available and the importance of keeping their living spaces and school areas clean.
  • Teachers are trained on how to communicate WASH messages to children and to engage the children in active learning and participation. The WASH program supports children in building lifeskills including decision-making, assertiveness, participation, and sharing information with their families in the context of public health and social values.
  • To date teachers have reported that “the children live more hygienic lifestyle after the 5-days class” and make more conscious decisions to keep the classroom clean. Feedback from parents also highlight that the children practice handwashing and cleaning at home and many have inspired their siblings to do the same.

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