By Jacinta Nwachukwu
Toilet Kulture Initiative (TKI), a non governmental organization on Monday inaugurated a project titled `Beauty 4 WASH’’ to promote Water, Sanitation and Hygiene as well as Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management (MHHM) in schools.
During the inauguration in Abuja, the Executive Director, TKI, Mrs Elsie Ozika, said that the programme was to commemorate the World Toilet Day which was held on Nov. 19.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for the 2020 World Toilet Day was; “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change’’ with a call for more deliberate actions by all to begin to climb up the sanitation ladder.
Ozika said that the project was inspired by the initiative’s passion and commitment to fight open defecation in the country.
She further said that the group would be collaborating with the Tourism Queen of Africa, Miss Prudent Oryina, to drive home the campaign toward achieving good behavioural change among the youth.
She also said that the project would leverage on youth platform, learning preferences, and social media respectively as well as help to create awareness on MHHM in schools.
According to her, the `Beauty 4 WASH’ project establishes the fact that one can use whatever he/she has to solve a problem that will affect humanity.
She also said it would drive everybody toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
“The initiative is also making plan to construct sanitation hardware for a few selected vulnerable schools, create a platform for youth to fiercely engage in the clean Nigeria campaign to end open defecation nationwide by 2025,” she added.
Ozika noted that lack of access to safely managed sanitation posed a big challenge in the education, health and economy of the nation.
“She said that the challenge was higher with children being exposed to germs and all sorts of infections while in school and menstruating girls, who sometimes stayed away from school for lack of good toilets to safely manage their periods.
She further mentioned the huge cost of seeking health care when sick.
She, therefore, called for collective efforts to fight for our lives, families, tenants, young girls and the country by simply doing one thing to end open defecation nationwide.
On her part, Oryina said that she chose WASH as her pet project so as to create more awareness and sensitise the general public to the need for effective waste management.
She said that she would use social media platform to engage the youth so as promote WASH programmes and MHHM to end open defecation on school campuses.
Mr Wale Elekolusi, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coordinator, WASH Media Network, called on stakeholders to light up their terms in the campaign against open defecation.
Elekolusi further advised that there should be a behavioural change among the public if the country would be free from open defecation syndrome. (NAN)