World Toilet Day: CWED donates sanitary items to schools in Kaduna

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Centre for Water and Environment Development (CWED), on Monday, donated sanitary items to some public schools in Kaduna state to promote toilet hygiene and end open defecation.

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Speaking with newsmen at the event, the Programme Officer of CWED, Mrs Lydia Saleh, said in line with the year’s theme, the centre was looking forward to seeing schools in the state getting better in sanitation and hygiene management.

The theme of the year’s celebration is: “Accelerating Change.”

The items, donated in commemoration of the 2023 World Toilet Day includes, jerry cans of liquid soap, disinfectants and toilet brushes.

The World Toilet Day is an annual United Nations observance, promoted through a worldwide public campaign, to tackle the global sanitation crises.

According to Saleh, “Most of the students in public schools are vulnerable to toilet infections and other diseases.

“The items presented were meant to improve toilets hygiene in the schools.”

Saleh called on other organisations and kind-hearted individuals to also donate sanitary and hygiene materials to schools to ensure better learning environment.

According to the programme manager, when there are clean toilets and good water sanitation and hygiene, the impact of learning will be higher.

She urged the schools to ensure usage of the items in their facilities.

Expressing gratitude to CWED, Mr Victor Ogunshola, the Eco Club Patron in one of the beneficiary schools, GGSS Kawo, he said that the hygiene items would enhance the health status of their students.

Ogunshola said that the club was committed to ensuring an end to open defecation in its environment.

“Where open defecation usually occurs in schools is when toilets are not in good state,” he said.

Ogunshola thanked CWED for the items, while pledging to make judicious use of them to enhance their school toilet hygiene.

Also, the School’s Labour Prefect, Marvelous Amos, promised to continue discharging her mandate of ensuring proper sanitation of the school environment, especially the toilets.

She advised the students to desist from open defecation, stressing that punishment awaits anyone caught violating the school’s environmental regulations.

Also at GGSS Maimuna Gwarzo, Tudun Wada, the Principal of the junior section, Mrs Ummakaltume Haruna, stressed the importance of general hygiene in schools and the entire environment.

Haruna thanked CWED for the gesture, while pledging to make judicious use of the items