MSABI- Maji Safi kwa Afya Bora Ifakara - is now implementing SWASHE (School Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environment) education program in schools focusing on secondary and primary school children. Through this program students are fully exposed to water, sanitation, hygiene and environment topics to influence a positive behavior change and best WASHE practices.
This program uses a child to child approach to education. MSABI uses various interactive and participatory teaching techniques such as discussions, question and answer sessions, drama, songs, poems, and comedy. These teaching techniques send strong WASHE massages to the targeted audience as proven through monitoring and evaluation results.
MSABI also facilitates formation of SWASHE clubs in each school. Manuals, stickers and flags are being offered to students who join the clubs. The main objective is to use the quick learning ability of school children to nurture their knowledge and skills in water sanitation, hygiene and environment, and to support them in becoming a catalyst for change in community behavior and implementation of sanitation.
Since we started early in February 2014, we have successfully launched SWASHE clubs at 15 of the 20 schools within our operational districts- Kilombero and Ulanga. The leaders of the schools we visited have had an overwhelmingly positive response, with the majority requesting additional visits and assistance. Additionally word has travelled and there has been interest from other regions to replicate the SWASHE program.
With continued support, we hope to reach these regions in the future.
Benedict, Kattie and Rose