Child hygiene promoters attend symposium

Part of the 63 children hygiene promoters who attended the symposium. Picture: SUPPLIED

SIXTY-three children in the Rakiraki area attended the first-ever symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at Penang Sangam School last Friday in a bid to encourage children’s participation in this platform.

SCF chief executive officer Shairana Ali said getting children together for the symposium provided them a safe space and great platform to discuss issues pertaining to WASH.

“This symposium is a one-of-a-kind event where children we have trained as Child Hygiene Promoters (CHP) are learning from each other and identifying water sanitation and hygiene standards that their schools and communities need to abide by,” Ms Ali said.

“Hearing from the children have always been our passion as we believe that their voices matter and we adults need to consider their inputs in all matters concerning them.

“We live in a modern world where children are so advanced, therefore, we need to engage them in activities that improve their health and well-being, especially in the school holidays and helps them to stay focused while preparing for the next term.”

Rakiraki Public School student Josua Sevu said the WASH project had really brought about tremendous changes in his school.

“We have never been involved in projects as such until early this year when we were being introduced to the WASH project,” Sevu said.

“I have seen positive changes after frequent training on WASH and this has really been an eye-opener for children, especially when we see the importance of practicing proper sanitation and hygiene.”

The symposium concluded with stakeholders visiting children’s booths where models and artworks from recycled plastics and waste papers were on display.

Children also presented their WASH action plans to the stakeholders outlining their future activities and the support they needed from stakeholders who were present during the event.

The WASH Project is implemented by Save the Children Fiji and is supported by the Australian government.

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