Sunday, December 10

Bauchi school with 45 classes, 45 toilets lauds UNICEF’s sanitation programme

By Idris Saheed

Mr Jibril Shiramah, the Proprietor, Ummul Qura Science Academy, Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State has lauded the Water Sanitation and Hygiene programme of UNICEF for making effective impacts on schools.

Shiramah, who made the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Azare on Thursday, said even though the school was WASH compliance, the introduction of Environmental Sanitation Club (ESC) in the school, had positively impacted the lives of students towards hygiene.

According to him, the WASH team of Katagum LGA had visited the school and sensitised them on the need to be WASH compliance so as to reduce outbreak of diseases.

“The sanitation club was established in this school about two years ago and we have 45 classrooms in the school with 45 toilets, so each class has its own toilet.

“The pupils are trying to take care of the toilets as there is competition on who to clean them

“There have been great changes ever since the club came into existence in this school because it’s playing a great role in the sanitation lives of members and the school generally,” he said.

He however, appealed to government agencies in charge of WASH to ensure that private schools were included in the various WASH interventions in order to ensure improvement on hygiene issues.

He also called on UNICEF to come to the intervention of the school to promote WASH activities, adding that the WASH Club of the school was very active.

Also, Hadiza Ilyas, President, Environmental Sanitation Club (ESC), Ummul Qura Science Academy, said that the club sensitised the general students on how to take care of their environment and themselves, health wise.

“We tell the students how to take care of their hands and themselves when they come out of the toilet as there are WASH facilities put in place at all the 45 toilets in the school.

“There are some of our members we assigned to wash the toilets, however, we are not much in the club and I’m using this opportunity to call on more students to come and join the club,” she said.

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