By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
A Non-Government organisation, Community Excellence and Development Initiative (CEDI) has organized a sensitization workshop to promote safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools.
The campaign took CEDI to Junior Secondary School, Aleyita, Federal Capital Territory.
The event had in attendance over 250 participants.
The workshop supports the efforts of key stakeholders especially the international community to scale up access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools as it holds potential for impact towards all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially SDG 3 and 6.
Executive Director, CEDI, Mr. Israel Ozovehe in his welcome address acknowledged the efforts of various partners and stakeholders in promoting WASH activities in schools.
He stated that CEDI is promoting WASH in schools because schools have an important role in protecting children and their families from disease and illness due to poor water, sanitation and hygiene.
Principal, Junior Secondary School, Aleyita, Mrs Abdullahi Toyin commended CEDI for recognizing the need for WASH in her school.
She told the students to listen attentively to the lecture on WASH and imbibe the culture of hand washing as “dirt causes death”.
Chief Executive of ZAFTA-MED Clinic and Maternity, Salako Medinat advised the teacher’s and student’s to practice good hygienic behaviour so as to reduce the risk of diarrhea, cholera, Hepatitis E and other hygiene-related diseases.
She laid emphasis on the need to maintain proper hygiene.
The Director, Gender and Social Development at CEDI, Bar. (Mrs.) Gatta Tokunbo in her closing remark appreciated all participants and urged them to keep spreading the gospel of WASH.
She emphasized that CEDI will continue to support and partner with other stakeholders to actualize the WASH goal.
CEDI promotes sustainable development projects in health, education, agriculture, clean energy and the environment in vulnerable Nigerian communities.