State of Toilets in Public Schools; Changing the Narrative in One of our Host Schools.

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A Twitter Chat on the State of Public Toilets in Public Schools; AREAi in partnership with SDGsNigeria Action Group on Saturday 27th of February, 2016

About 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities. Countless others suffer from poor health, diminished productivity and missed educational opportunities. Few weeks ago,Sanni Zainab Oyiza,one of our Program Coordinators at AREAi and myself paid an observatory visit to one of our three host schools for the year and as implicated in our mission,we evaluated the state of the learners and their learning environment including the classroom blocks,library,laboratories and the toilet facilities.

The images attached to this post is the present worrisome condition of the toilet facility serving both students and teachers,including the Principal of this school. Constructed with decayed/rusted corrugated iron sheets,this CUBICLE called TOILET is characterized by leaking roofs,blighted walls,littered floors and infested openings. We can’t afford to watch these school children suffer in agony.

As I will always reiterate, WE are not taking the place of the government neither can we do EVERYTHING but we can do SOMETHING because there is a psychological correlation between a clean learning environment,assimilation levels and learning outcomes. Hence,the need for safe schools with clean toilet facilities.

“Humanity is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic neccesity. We must all act upon our individual and shared responsibilities”-Ban Ki Moon.

Based on this,we are challenging this generational status quo in partnership with SDGsNigeria Action Group,starting with a public discussion on Twitter on the state of “Public Toilets in Public Schools” on Saturday 27th of February, 2016 by 5pm.

Congruent actions for a Modern Toilet Facility are set to follow to address this scourge that poses a challenge to learning outcomes of this school.

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Olanrewaju Gideon S.
Executive Director,
Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative.

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