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UNDSG’s – Jan Eliasson Calls for Action on sanitation at Ethiopian school

Sacha Westerbeek, 06 April 2014

 

Members of Hygiene Club sing a song about everyday hygiene to Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, in front of a newly built toilet for girls with the help of UNICEF at Dima Guranda Primary School in Sebeta District in Oromia Region of Ethiopia. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2014/Ose

 

SEBETA DISTRICT, 1 February 2014 – “Wash your hands before you eat; wash your hands after visiting the toilet; wash your body… clean your environment ….” The song in the Oromiffa language continues with further messages on hygiene.

 

When the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr Jan Eliasson walks toward the latrines at DimaPrimary School in Sebeta, Oromia Region, he is welcomed by students from the Hygiene and Sanitation club, singing proudly about personal and environmental hygiene.

 

Hayat Hachallu, is 13 years old and a member of the Dima Primary school Hygiene and Sanitation Club. This 7th grader is certainly not shy. She takes the DSG by the hand and shows him the school latrine, hand washing facilities and the water point.

 

“Here are the latrines for girls,” she explains to the special visitor, while opening the door carefully. “For us, girls, it is very important to have private facilities. A place where we feel safe and have the privacy we need. The toilets here are not great: they are too dark, the doors don’t close very well and it really smells badly,” she says. “Now, let me show you our newly built latrines,” and she pulls Mr. Eliasson away from the rickety iron sheet structure toward a stone construction.


Source:unicefethiopia.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/undsgs-jan-eliasson-calls-for-action-at-ethiopian-school/