School WaSH Club Flag-Off

The School WaSH club: a partnership program of WaSH-Gender and the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Education, was formally flagged off on 27th May, amidst the Children’s Day Jamboree, in Ini LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

School WaSH club aims at inculcating safe water, and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices in children when they are still tender and receptive.

There were demonstrations of both improper and proper handwashing by the WaSH-Gender team members to the admiration of the anxious children and teachers participants, who were also given opportunity to display same.

Addressing the Children, Emmanuel Akpabio(PhD): the WaSH-Gender project coordinator, emphasized the benefits of safe WaSH practices, noting that some ailments popularly attributed to witches, in our clime, are offshoots of improper WaSH practices.

Dr NsikanAbasi Wilson, an Anthropologist in the University of Uyo, and a WaSH-Gender team member, introduced the club, while other team members volunteered for different roles.

Dr Emmanuel Akpabio presented WaSH Club water bottles, exercise books and WaSH-Gender face caps to all volunteers (including Children and Teaches)

School WaSH Club will be established in all schools in Akwa Ibom State, beginning from next term, to align with SDG 3 and 6.

*School WaSH Club is an arm of the WaSH-Gender project: a trans-disciplinary research project of Water and Development Partnership Program, sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Delft Netherlands.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Club Established

On Friday, November 17, 2023, the Early Childhood Center of NCI played host to the school’s advocacy arm of our WaSH-Gender research team for the establishment of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) club. The program aimed to educate children on the best personal hygiene practices and the importance of WaSH, especially as it is obtained globally.

In preparation for our visit, a classroom session was organized by the staff members to enlighten the children on WaSH practices.

During the hands-on demonstration, hundreds of children who came out in batches were taken to a designated area/wash station for a demonstration of proper hand-washing techniques. Our team used age-appropriate language and visuals to teach. Children were then allowed to practice hand washing themselves.

The WaSH enlightenment program was a valuable learning experience for the nursery school children. Our presence led to the rehabilitation of defunct hand-washing stations in the school.

The IHE-Delft Water and Partnership programmes, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided support to our WaSH-Gender project.


WaSH Club Established at Government Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku

Government Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku was among the schools in Uyo where the school WaSH club is established. The school WaSH club is an arm of the WaSH-gender project with the aim of inculcating the habit of proper hygiene in school children. The ceremony was flagged off in the presence of a large gathering of all the school teachers and pupils on Wednesday 5th July, 2023. The children all expressed solidarity with the organizers of the program despite the cold weather.

Hand washing facility was donated to the school while student volunteers gladly received gifts. After a tour of all the designated schools in the state, each school will present volunteers from their club members for a state WaSH competition which is scheduled to hold next term.

The IHE-Delft Water and Development Partnership programmes, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided support to our WaSH-Gender project.


Press Release: WaSH-Gender

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

I welcome you to this briefing on the state of implementation of our project “WaSH-Gender” in Akwa Ibom State. WaSH-Gender is the IHE-DelL Water and Development Partnership programmes, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. WaSH-Gender sets out to explore ‘environmental and sociocultural factors of gender-based differences in access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in Nigeria’. Our project aims to address the question bordering on the relationship between gender and access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). For instance, how does being a man or woman shape the capacity to access water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in Nigeria? To what extent does access to WaSH services influence workload imbalance between men and women?