strengthen hand washing to 800 children in Rwanda

 
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Date:26th june 2013

place:Mbazi primary school

attendance:90 primary school students

volunteers:Eric and pacifique


aim of the session:enforcing the culture of importance of latrines/toilets

summary of the session: The session was fun ever in all sessions i ever seen.we was decided today to educate students in a club of hygiene and we tried to combine 4 classes(2 6th years,5th year and 4th year).we were outside of the classes taking a fresh air.in front of pupils at a share the teacher in charge of hygiene started introducing what we are going to do and we introduced ourselves since that it was the first time to meet with 6th and 5th years pupils.we decided to talk on toilets because it was a session which 5th year students were going to learn today. we told them that we are going to learn hygiene within our hygiene club and we distributed pictures in 6 groups. we requested them to go in their groups and find us what they are seeing on photos. after 10 minutes of discussions and facilitating them on discovering what they will be saying;a good time that we were waiting come;students started to do the exposition of their pictures which were ranging between 4-6 in each groups.students presented what they were seeing on pictures which was on latrines with all standards,people who defecate at places outside of latrines,latrines which were not closed,lacking some materials and other latrines which were too bad for hygiene promotion....


each group were taking 10min to present their pictures to the public and comments.after each presentation,we assigned each group to go and prepare for us a work demonstrating what they learned.groups work were ranging from songs,dance,poems,comedies.pupils demonstrated how amazing they are;it took only 20 minutes per group to prepare their work and they come back for the presentation. 5 teachers,headmaster,2 RVCP volunteers and 1 teacher in charge of hygiene club were waiting to watch what students prepared. the first time ever in my hygiene activities and teaching sessions since 2010 come. students demonstrated that they have to putting together their efforts and talents to produce what all participants seen as creativity among primary school students. each group were taking at least 10 min to present their work. we conclude the session at 5:30 and teachers were impressed with the capacity of students of demonstrating that they understood what they were learning in few times passed.we decided to host similar session next wednesday for the other students who will be there in the club because there is a part of students who studied in morning hours who will be coming in afternoon hours next wednesday.stay turned for the video next time while we will be back at school.

 

good points:the method of enabling students participating themselves by facilitating them to discover was very successful


Challenge: we did not recorded any video or photo because of lacking a camera

The  hygiene education at primary schools have now moved to Mbazi primary school during the new year 2013 as a new target.the education sessions will be targeting a school of 665 students from 1st to 6th year of primary school.the sessions have been started where they closed the first trimester with having introductiotory part on the sessions that they will receive.

now two weeks pass after their holidays of 3 weeks and the sessions have continued in classes where active participation is the first method which is used during the education sessions ,tomorrow 8th april 2013 ,it will be the 3rd session after the holidays of april.

we conduct hygiene and sanitation because "progress in sanitation and improved hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development,it is necessary  to practice hygiene"

hygiene, water and sanitation project has developed due to people in Rwandan villages suffering unnecessarily from cholera, dysentery, diarrhoea and other water born diseases. These diseases spread because of unhygienic practises i.e. unclean drinking water and the use of unsanitary toilet facilities.

RVCP has been running this project since 2005 and has provided two Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrines for four vulnerable families each year. To date, 26 of the 125 households in the target village of Mpungwe have access to a VIP latrine and the local primary school has also benefitted from an ECOSAN latrine. Additionally, RVCP also Raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation through school education sessions,and conduct house to house teaching sessions compliment the provision of latrines.


I attached the RWANDA VILLAGE CONCEPT PROJECT NEWS LETTER about how was its activities up to April 2013. 

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children during evaluation session
children during evaluation session

It was amazing to work with children and staff at Matyazo primary school for the whole 2012 hygiene and sanitation education sessions. Children and their teachers appreciated the work and commitment of hygiene, water and sanitation members during their sessions.”Children learned washing hands and its importance for maintaining their body health “headmistress added.

Children in different years of study were requesting us to continue updating them on different skills and knowledge related to hygiene and sanitation to prevent diseases, they want also we may be back for this 2013 academic year and we promised them to do all our best to be around for all the updates and information. This is all promised during evaluation sessions during the month of January 2013 while students were starting their new 2013 academic year which they will end in October 2013.

Hygiene, water and sanitation members learned more about what to improve while we will be targeting the new primary school. Children were happy to see us again while they were starting the academic year and they were following with much curiosity. Hygiene education sessions for 2013 year will be starting this Wednesday 6th February 2013 ,as the evaluation sessions were ended with January 2013.

teaching session with volunteers
teaching session with volunteers



AMAZI NI ISOKO Y’UBUZIMA



Amazi ni isoko y’ubuzima is a Kinyarwanda sentence “mother tongue of Rwandans” which mean “water is the source of life”.This is a sentence that is well recognized by many Rwandans during different education sessions
and campaigns related to Hygiene, water and sanitation practices and their importance on our daily life.



The sentence is also retained by MATYAZO primary school students at the completion of their hygiene and sanitation education sessions during the academic year of 2012 where the activities of Hygiene, water and
sanitation program of Rwanda village concept project were working as a target group for its project of Hygiene and sanitation education among primary school students.



During the academic year of 2012, Volunteers from RVCP at MATYAZO primary school which have around 1,000 students, covered different topics on hygiene practices promotion. Among these topics we have hand washing
practices promotion among primary schools students, body hygiene, home materials hygiene (dishes,jerican,..),school materials and class hygiene, latrines cleaning, water management and respiratory hygiene practices. Students also learned how to share information and skills gained among their family
members and other children from their villages in order to become ambassadors of hygiene, water and sanitation promotion practices.



Different methods were used to educate students on those different topics. Printed materials to provide children information on hygiene and sanitation, posters, flayers, songs and group discussions on topics covered.
Nowadays students are in their final exams to end their academic year and activities at the target group are now closing and they will start the academic year in January 2013 where the project will start the new primary school as a target group.



All things have not gone well during the activities implementation in this academic year. Normally the academic year of all students from Rwanda started in January of each year and end in starting November but now it changed for universities and colleges where they ended the last academic year in July 2012 and start the new 2012-2013 academic year in September 2012 which disturbed the way activities conducted as volunteers from RVCP who
implement hygiene, water and sanitation activities are national and international university students. To resolve the challenges the organization is preparing how the implementation of different sessions and topics to be
covered in different classes at the next new target will be marched with the academic year of volunteers and the target primary school students.



“Clean hands with soaps save live”



Alex, Lucien, and I after an education session
Alex, Lucien, and I after an education session

While I lived in Rwanda for 8 weeks, having the most incredible experience of my life on GlobeMed's GrassRoots Onsite Work Internship, I was fortunate enough to visit the Hygiene Program with the program's director, Lucien Nzayirata. In addition to being a student studying Agriculture at the National University of Rwanda, Lucien is in charge of ensuring that the Hygiene Program runs smoothly throughout the year. As he described to us, the Hygiene Program strives to educate local villages about proper and healthy hygiene, choosing one primary school per year where volunteers in the program will help to teach education sessions about hygiene. Volunteers in the Hygiene Program also visit the homes of many of the children's families and conduct at home education sessions. At the end of the academic year, RVCP volunteers select four families from those they visited and build a toilet at each home, giving the family the chance to have a happier, healthier, and more hygienic home. 

 

I accompanied Lucien to a local primary school to observe an education session. The children, whose ages ranged from about 7-12 years old, were very enthusiastic to learn and to respond to what Lucien was describing. Lucien spoke energetically and did a fantastic job of engaging the children about various topics, such as how to properly store water, how to handle foods to be cooked, and how to maintain proper personal hygiene with regards to Rwandan etiquette. The Hygiene Program at large develops a manual of information to disseminate amongst its volunteers who teach education sessions so as to standardize and regulate the information given to the students and their families.

 

I was very impressed both by how well Lucien's messages seemed to be received by the kids and also by how great of a teacher Lucien was. By reaching out to rural primary schools, actively engaging these children at a young age to follow proper hygenic practices, and attempting to spread hygenic knowledge and capacity to their families, RVCP is truly making a difference in the lives of rural Rwandan families through its Hygiene Program.

Lucien teaching primary students about hygiene
Lucien teaching primary students about hygiene

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