Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Sekondi (WR), Aug.
14, GNA – A total of 124 pupils from 31 basic schools in the six coastal
districts of the Western Region, have been trained to promote water, sanitation
and hygiene (WASH) issues in schools and their communities.
The pupils would
serve as WASH Ambassadors, who would undertake advocacy works on proper hygiene
and sanitation management to effect positive behavioural change among the
enhanced the knowledge of the Ambassadors on proper hand washing, causes and
effects of communicable diseases on the health of the people and the overall
objectives of the project.
The project is being
implemented by the Opportunities Industrialization Centres International
(OICI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), under the TEN WASH-in-Schools
programme and would be implemented within a period of one year with a yearly
roll-out for five years.
The project is
funded by Tullow Ghana Limited and TEN partners including Kosmos Energy, Ghana
National Petroleum Corporation, Anadarko and Petro South Africa.
Mr George Dorgbetor,
the Project Manager of OICI, said the WASH Ambassadors were equipped with
skills and tools to enable them to reach out to their colleagues and
communities to influence them to adopt positive sanitation and hygiene
behaviours and practices.
He indicated that
the NGO would support the Ambassadors to plan and implement simple actions to
improve sanitation and hygiene situation in their environment.
He said: “The
training builds their capacity to become active citizens by engaging adults in
advocacy for improved facilities and policy change, and to sustain positive and
lasting attitudes on sanitation and hygiene to achieve WASH improvements in
communities and schools”, he stressed.
Mr Dorgbetor stated
that the Ambassadors have been hosted in some local radio stations and educated
the populace on the need to avoid open defecation, indiscriminate littering and
urinating as well as ensuring proper menstrual hygiene management.
He said the WASH
Ambassadors were selected from various school health clubs in the beneficiary
schools and would conscientise the citizenry on proper hygiene and good
Mr Arnold Geoffrey
Arthur, the Project Officer of OICI, urged the Ambassadors to involve both
males and females in their daily interactions and avoid any form of gender
Mrs Marie Aziz
Tunde, a broadcast journalist with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, who took
the participants through radio presentation, urged the Ambassadors to be
knowledgeable and be self-confident in their presentations.
Some of the WASH
Ambassadors who spoke to the GNA indicated that the training had exposed them
to the best method of hand washing, the need to wash their hands under running
water after using the toilet facilities as well as before and after meals to
avoid contracting infections.