Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) help children and young people stay healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. When taught well, it is a necessary part of all pupils’ education to help them achieve their academic potential.
As the Millennium Development Goals era concluded in 2015, my The Wellbeing Foundation Africa ushered in the bold and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Adopting transformative and practical schools and visiting nursing delivery models in Nigeria to develop peer-education programming for primary and adolescents in personal, social and health education (PSHE), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) knowledge and skills.
Upscaled and boosted since 2022, through our impactful collaboration with, and support from, Reckitt, Dettol Nigeria and The Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s (WBFA) Hygiene Quest curricula and programming, children at GJSS Gbagalape, GJSS Giri, GJSS Gwagwalada, Abuja, St Theresa Nursery and Primary School, Lagos, and Ita Aisha, Ilorin, amongst many other schools in the FCT Abuja, Lagos and Kwara states, receive weekly empowering, engaging and story-driven sessions.
The Hygiene and Me module is split into two classroom topics, ‘The Unseen World’, which focuses on germs that cause illnesses and ‘The Power of Clean Hands’, which focuses on the best practices and importance of clean hands, impacting health, education, and development. By teaching our children and youth how to prevent the spread of germs through good personal hygiene habits and behaviours, we are building their understanding of hygiene, contributing towards our goal of reducing diarrhoea and keeping children and the environment in which they learn healthy and safe.
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s (WBFA) Primary & Adolescent School Nurses and Health Visitors are our Sanitation Angels. They include qualified nurses, midwives and coaches with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. WBFA aims to reach 6 million children in Nigeria by 2025, contributing to the goal of reaching 100 million children globally by the end of 2026. They aim to achieve this through our grassroots work to deliver Clean Naija Commitments to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), reduce the burden of diarrhoeal disease and open defecation by 2030.