Rotary club of Iringa

by | Jan 27, 2022 | Uncategorized

We had the chance to visit about 15 village primary schools in the Hilvan-Şanlı Urfa province during 5-6 February 2020, just before the breakout of pandemic in our country. Our aim was to investigate the physical conditions of schools and especially their toilets, taking into consideration hygienic conditions and reaching to water resources. Observations were made on living conditions of teachers and students regarding their habits and understanding of hygiene. We have observed that in all schools the toilets are added to the school building reachable from outside. All the schools have been constructed between the years 1950-70. We have also observed that the appointed teachers by the Ministry of Education are young and do not have enough experience regarding hygiene in the schools. In most of the toilets there were no soap available. The water sinks were unusable because of clogging. Girl students do not want to come to school during the menstrual period due to the conditions in their toilets. This is very common in rural areas in Anatolia. Most of the students did not have the habit of washing their hands and cleaning the facilities after using them. As a club we decided to start from one point and develop further by reaching other villages. Our aim is not to build new schools however build new Hygienic toilets and train the students accordingly by generating the necessary conditions. We are planning to prepare an hygiene Kit consisting of Soap, Tooth brush and paste, and a brochure prepared by our club on how to wash hands and keep clean with drawings. The students and teachers of the schools will benefit from the project. The students will take their cleaning habits back to their homes and families as well. The plan of the toilets to include three separate sections. Boys, girls, teachers and handicapped students. The section of teachers and handicapped students will be used commonly. We are also aware of the fact that Hygiene helps children to protect themselves from polio and other diseases also. We also select schools who has immigrant students which are mostly from Iraq and Syria.