Background on poor WASHQ Conditions and Outcome
Sub–Saharan Africa is the region with more than 80% of all recorded morbidity/mortality cases caused by poor Hygiene and lack of access to clean water. The United Nations' estimates show that well over 800 children die daily from diarrhea due to inadequate access to clean water and poor hygiene . Faced with low outcomes in achieving a optimum health in this region despite resources spent, It is arguable that the one most progressive and sustainable solution available is building behavioural change, which could be achieved through sound government policies, proper sensitization and persuasive classroom health promotion in specific areas.
Inadequate water, sanitation, hygiene and quality (WASHQ) conditions exist in a range of settings in Africa. The FODAfrica WASHQ Initiative focuses on developing the knowledge, attitudes, values and life skills needed to make appropriate and positive health-related decisions. It involves an active, child-centred and participatory teaching approach of awareness linked to practical lessons that transcend to a wider community. Generally, students that live a healthy lifestyle and reside in clean, healthy environments, tend to perform better than their counterparts who suffer from poor hygiene and unhealthy living conditions. Lack of proper orientation begets poor hygiene and poor sanitation, which inversely places a lot of burden on the health and academic performance of infants and young children all across the world.
Attention to Food Nutrition and Safety
A healthy child is a happy child who loves to eat good, clean and nutritious food. Healthy eating and being physically active are particularly important for children and adolescents. This is because their nutrition and lifestyle influence their wellbeing, growth and development Research by Sorhaindo & Fein-stein has in 2006 found that generally poor nutrition can negatively affect cognitive ability, concentration and activity levels in the short term
In all elementary educational settings, daily attendance remains one of the most important factors that guarantee success and promotion. With this in mind, it should be noted that a number of avoidable health challenges such as diarrhea, typhoid fever and other worm infections force students to miss large chunks of study hours, which adversely affects their morale, zeal, cognition and performance in the classroom. A lot of rural based kids have missed important tests, exams and sports activities in their various schools due to avoidable illness and psychologically, this has a way of negatively affecting their general outlook to education and life in general.
Importance of Campaigns & Awareness in Schools
One major advantage of training initiatives and campaigns is schools remains that acquired knowledge doesn’t just stay in the classroom or within the school environment; it trickles down to the families and friends of students across their various homes and communities through daily interactions.
In the 21st century, Food Nutrition, safety and WASHQ education remains one of the most powerful tools for empowering school students in order for them to achieve optimal performance in class rooms, sports and life in general.
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FOOD SAFETY, NUTRITION AND WASHQ (WATER, SANITATION, HYGIENE AND QUALITY) INITIATIVE:
A MAJOR BOOST FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOLS.