Kwara Primary and Adolescent PSHE WASH
ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME
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.
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.