HSWCF Delta State

High School SDGS Wash Competiton

Happyland International Academy, Oghara,
Delta State

Helping Alevitate Water Poverty

HSWCF Delta State

High School SDGS Wash Competiton

Happyland International Academy, Oghara,
Delta State

Helping Alevitate Water Poverty

Background

Delta State is an oil and agricultural producing state of Nigeria, situated in the region known as the South-South geo-political zone with a population of over 4 million.  The two major cities in the state are its capital city, Asaba, and the economic nerve centre of the state, Warri.

As a state with huge deposits of crude oil, It is one of the oil-producing states classified under the Niger Delta States in Nigeria. Exploration of crude oil is a major drive for its economy, unfortunately it is also the greatest source of contamination of the water bodies in the state coupled with other factors among which are indiscriminate refuse dumping and open defecation.

Introduction

The severity of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) needs in Nigeria’s Niger Delta cuts across communities and institutions in urban, peri-urban and rural settings, with largely dysfunctional and non-existent WASH facilities and services, such as: safe sanitary disposal of human waste, hand washing and water supply facilities.  Oil exploration activities in this area also poses a great danger to WASH condition in the communities due to incessant pollution of surrounding water bodies and farmlands by oil spillage. This contributes to very high WASH related disease burden with its attendant health and economic impacts.

Acknowledging the inextricable link between WASH and poverty, and staying committed to its vision of alleviating water poverty in Nigeria, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation is taking its WASH campaigns and projects to the Delta State.

The first project in the state is the WASH High-School Competition”, which is part of the “WASH-2-School” Project, implemented by Hope Spring Water across various states in Nigeria. The WASH High-School Essay Competition will create awareness about WASH and bridge the knowledge gap amongst youths in Delta state.

After the competition, WASH Club will be formed in the various schools that participated to enhance the project sustainability. The WASH Club activities are centered around promoting WASH, while its members serve as WASH Vanguards in their respective schools.

The objectives of the WASH Club are:

  1. To bridge the knowledge gap and raise a young generation of WASH champions
  2. To impart and develop life skills among school children in the area of WASH
  3. To promote child friendly schools with appropriate WASH initiatives
  4. To improve the health of school-aged children and by extension, that of their families and communities
Objectives of project
  • Improve awareness of the United Nations Susutainable Development Goals amongst youths in Delta State
  • Improve WASH knowledge amongst youths in Delta State
  • Reduce incidence of morbidity and mortality arising from WASH-related diseases.
  • Reduce absenteeism in school amongst students, especially the girl-child
  • Promote literacy and a desire to pursue careers in development sectors, amongst youths in Delta State
About the competition

The competition is in two categories: A debate section and an Essay section and winners will be chosen in both categories.

  • Entries are open to SSS1 and SSS2 students in public and private secondary schools in Delta State.
  • Essay topic: Sustainable Solution to Water Scarcity in Niger Delta (what is your way forward?)
  • Schools are expected to submit a maximum of two entries
  • Members of Jury comprising of WASH experts will assess the entries and invite qualified schools to attend the competition
Modality of essay competition
  • There will be 2 students from each school representing their Alma Mata
  • All participating schools will be given the Niche of Essay competition once approached so they can have adequate time to prepare and research deep into the subject matter (WASH and the SDGs in Niger Delta).
  • On the day of competition, all students participating in the essay will be given competition materials (paper and pen provided by Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation), they will have a time frame and a word limit. An independent invigilator will supervise this section, marking time and ensuring there is no cheating.
  • After the competition, an independent panel will read and grade the essays.

The essay is testing the students understanding of the subject matter and how much intervention plan they can foresee as actionable in the state.

Expected outcome/impact
  • Increased awareness about the United Nations SDGs and WASH in Delta state
  • Improved health outcomes amongst residents of Delta State
  • Improved literacy, a desire to pursue careers in development sector, community responsibility, and an enabling environment for all round development.
  • Provide a platform to mobilize the private sector for sustainable partnerships and increased investments in the WASH sector.
Sustainability plan

The main aim of this project is creating an attitudinal change among youths and the younger generation with an effort to help them explore better ways to preserve the WASH in their communities.

This project impact is going to be sustained by creating WASH Clubs in all participating schools while gradually expanding reach to as many other schools in Delta state where the students can actively and consistently learn about and we involved in WASH practices in and around their community.

Call for sponsorship

We would be glad to have you come on board to sponsor and make this project possible, find attached below Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation Account details:

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(please send a message to this number with details of transaction made for record purposes, thanks: 08135402302)