Osun State GHWD

Osun State Global Hand Washing Day

Global hand washing day is being celebrated yearly throughout the world to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. October 15 of every year is set aside to commemorate the day with a special theme. For 2016, the theme is “Make hand washing a Habit”.

In Odo-Otin LGA, a-week long activities was planned to commemorate the day in a grand-style. The activities were targeted at school pupils with the aim of catch them young to imbibe the habit of hand-washing.

The activities began with a planning meeting with all the relevant stakeholders which include the following: (1) The Head Teachers, Health Teachers and the PTA/SBMC of the 15 assisted schools; (2). RUWESSA Representative; (3) SUBEB Representative; (4) LGA School Services; (5) LGA WES and Administrative Departments.

OUTCOME OF PLANNING MEETING

Three levels of Inter Schools Quiz/Debate were planned. 15 schools were grouped into three clusters to compete at the first level in which five pupils represented each school. Questions were drawn around water, sanitation, hygiene/group handwashing, puberty and menstrual hygiene to promote the concept of a 3-Star School.

GROUP ONE

  • Peters A/C Elementary School, Oyan. (Host)
  • Ebenezar A/C Elementary School, Asi.
  • Andrews A/C Elementary Asaba.
  • U.D Elementary School, Alapata
  • A.C Elementary School, Oyan.

GROUP TWO

  • Michael Ang. Elementary Pry. School, Okua (Host)
  • Cecilia R.C.M Elementary Pry. School, Okua
  • A.C E/L Pry School, Ilaodo
  • Andrews Ang. Pry Schl. Ijabe
  • P.S E/L Pry. Schl. Imuleke/Oponda

GROUP THREE

  • Johns` Ang. Pry Schl, Faaji (Host)
  • U.D Elementary Pry Schl. Opete
  • Gabriael A/C Elementary Ore.
  • Pauls` Ang. E/m Schl. Iyeku.
  • All Saint Ang. E/m School, Agbeye

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The Inter-Schools competitions commenced on Thursday 13th October in the 3 cluster areas. Each school answered questions from the four sections of WASH in school. At the end of 4 rounds of questions and answers, nine schools qualified to move to the next stage. The occasion was used to officially commission the WASH facilities in schools.

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  • Ebenezer A/c Elementary School Asi             1st
  • Michael Ang. E/M School, Okua 2nd
  • Gabriel A/c E/M Schl. Ore 3rd
  • P.S Elementary Schl. Imuleke/Oponda 4th
  • Andrews` A/c Elementary school Asaba 5th
  • All Saints` Ang. Elementary School Agbeye 6th
  • John`s Ang. Elementary Sch. Faaji 7th
  • A.C Elementary Sch. Oyan 8th
  • Adrew`s Ang E/m Sch. Ijabe 9th

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The 9 schools competed in the second round and five schools qualified to move to the next stage. The schools were:

  • Ebenezer A/c Elementary School Asi 1st
  • Michael Ang. E/M School, Okua 2nd
  • P.S Elementary Schl. Imuleke/Oponda 3rd
  • Gabriel A/c E/M Schl. Ore 4th
  • Andrews` A/c Elementary school Asaba 5TH

DAY TWO ACTIVITIES TO MARK THE GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY

The five schools competed at the grand finale on Saturday 15th October 2016, the Global Handwashing Day where the best three schools finally emerged.

  • Michael Ang. Elementary Sch. Okua 1st
  • Andrews` A/c Elementary school Asaba 2nd
  • Ebenezer A/c Elementary School Asi 3rd

Over 5,000 pupils participated in this year’s Global Hand Washing Day celebrations in Odo-otin LGA. Three media organizations were at hand and gave adequate publicity to the events. The media organizations were Punch Newspaper, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, and NTA, Osogbo. The celebrations promoted the use of TippyTaps, handwashing methods, and the use of personal drinking water bottles by pupils.

GRAND FINALE WITH HAND WASHING WITH TIPPYTAPs AND DEMONSTRATION OF F-DIAGRAM

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Sincere thanks and appreciation go to UNICEF, Akure Office for the timely release of funds for the Inter-Schools Quiz; Mr. Adebayo Alao, the Institutional and Policy Expert, WSSSRP; the RUWESA representatives, and all distinguished guests who graced the occasion, not forgetting too, the teachers and pupils of all the schools that participated actively in the various activities.