Over the past week we have had the privilege of working with the students of Nundu primary school on everything SWASH related. Lessons, which we have delivered to students ages 7-12, have given us the chance to educate on the key messages of SWASH.
Students have learnt the essentials of personal hygiene, water and food preparation. They have also learnt about how diseases are spread through poor hygiene, how to use sanitation facilities, and the positive and negative impacts one can have on the environment.
The after school SWASH club is a great way to take everything we are teaching in class and put it into action. Responsibilities are given to students to create a cleaner and more sustainable school environment. Posters are created to promote change and relevant games are used to help demonstrate what we are teaching.
The SWASH club has seen high levels of engagement and enthusiasm from all of the students. As such, teachers believe that it is a great new initiative which they hope to carry on to teach the kids about the importance of hygiene. The students are now washing their hands before eating and after going to the bathroom, maintaining tippy taps, and disposing their waste in a sustainable way.
The venturers have been overjoyed by the attitude and the approach of the kids towards the SWASH club lessons. Nuru tells us how her daughter, Dyaness, who is 7 years old, and is the SWASH Captain of her class, has been promoting good hygiene habits at home. By teaching the kids during the lessons and in SWASH club, they are able to take this knowledge home and put it into practise in a different environment. We hope that the work we are doing with the kids will not only impact the students, but also the community as a whole.
Nuru also tells us that when girls start getting their periods they are afraid to come to school and that some families do not let them go. This is a common issue across Tanzania. Nuru believes that the hygiene room and incinerator that we have built into the girls latrine will create a safe and comfortable environment for the girls to manage their periods in a hygienic way. We hope this new feature will help reassure girls, and parents, and improve the attendance rate of girls at the school between the ages of 10 and 16.
It was a great experience to sit down with Nuru and hear about the impacts that Raleigh has had from her perspective. We were pleased to hear of the changes in attitudes about dealing with water and sanitation hygiene in the students, and she is confident that our work will have a long lasting impact both at school and in the wider community.