Kwara Primary and Adolescent PSHE WASH 


Adolescence is a crucial stage in every person’s development, as increased responsibility and opportunity present themselves alongside physical and emotional changes. At the core of a happy, safe and successful life are respectful relationships in every sphere. Respectful relationships start, however, with self-respect. Statistics show that Nigeria is the country of the young with half of its entire population, 46%, currently under the age of 15. The current total for children under the age of 5 stands at nearly 31 million while each year at least 7 million babies are born. According to the WASH Norm Data (2019) in Nigerian schools. only 33% have basic water supply services, 26% have basic sanitation services, while 10% have basic hygiene services. Poor access to WASH services in schools is a major contributing factor to high mortality rates among children under five. The use of contaminated drinking water and poor sanitary conditions result in increased vulnerability to water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea which leads to the deaths of more than 70,000 children.
Understanding the importance of empowering the young child and adolescent in communities, and bringing an end to genital and female mutilation, and ultimately providing children in schools and communities access to WASH services, we developed the Young Child, Adolescent and Drills PSHE program. This project is being implemented in Abuja, Lagos, Kwara and Ogun States.

Programme Objectives

Project Impact

WBFA Kwara State office in the advancement of its PSHE-WASH activities carried out two community-based outreach in the month of August 2021. The first was carried out at Oke-Oyi community on Friday 13th August while the second was on Wednesday 25th August at Tepatan Community with 41 and 79 people reached respectively. The programs were divided into two sessions; MamaCare360 session which sensitized the community women on menstrual hygiene, cleanliness, nutrition (balanced diet, exclusive breastfeeding) and care of newborns, while the second session lectured on WASH, respectful relationships, domestic violence, social vices such as drug abuse and there were practical sessions on proper handwashing procedure.


We commemorated Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, 2021, at Al-Muwahideen Secondary School, Oke-Ose Ilorin. Students were taught the importance of tracking their periods by understanding their circles as well as the use of comfortable menstrual care products. There were practical demonstrations on how to properly fix a pad and panty liners to avoid leakages. The program came to a close with a Q&A session and welfare packages (Snacks and menstrual care products) were distributed to all the students and staff present. There were a total of 17 students aged 9-18 years across JSS1 to JSS3 that participated in the program. All the 17 students were familiar with menstruation but only 10 of the students have started observing their periods.

We also commemorated the August 2021 World Breastfeeding Week. We liaised with Kwara Television house and were able to secure a feature on their WBW2021 program coverage. Our Midwives also emphasized the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and held practical proper breastfeeding postures with the use of dummies to further drive the message home and program staff got quality media content for the program.