Hygiene Coaches to break continuous transmission of water-related diseases in primary schools in Yaoundé II.

Within the framework of the implementation of the programme for “Water and Youth”, GWP-CAf and its partner Water For Life Cameroon, a youth led-organization held from February 6th - 27th 2016 a series of four traineeship workshops on hygiene coaching  for the primary schools of Yaoundé II.

The traineeship was included in the line of the hygiene promotion project in primary schools entitled “ soap for healthy lives” developed by NGO Water For Life Cameroon.


The kick off ceremony was championed by the new GWP-Chair on February 6th, 2016 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. 13 participants, representing 10 youth led-organizations, attended the different training sessions.


The workshops centered their deliveries on four main modules like: Water-borne diseases: Transmission, Demonstration and Preventative measures; WASH in schools and rights to water and sanitation; the academic environment and the child psychology finally the class animation techniques.

Seven facilitators among whom two were women entertained participants. There was a jurist, teacher, psychologist, social marketing expert, Unesco expert and physician/doctor.

The training aimed at enhancing the capability of primary school hygiene coaches to communicate appropriate hygiene message to a child in his/her different stages of growth and development, in order to catalyze behaviour change and bring the child act as peer educators for good health and hygiene to break continued transmission of water-borne diseases at school level, even within the community and save lives.

Through interactive sessions and working groups, the facilitators and participants shared their experiences and made andragogical assessments at the end of each module. Simulations and role-play games enabled participants to become aware of the work awaiting them in the field.

While targeting primary schools, Hygiene Coaches would lay emphasis on the child’s role to act as good drivers for influencing behaviour change at school and household level, as well.

Lessons learnt:

-          Poor water quality, lack of sanitation and hygiene are  causes of water-borne diseases;

-          Behaviour change in a long process including several steps and requires a participative approach, a follow-up  and experience sharing to avoid relapse into the bad attitude;

-          Understanding child psychology is critical to (how to talk and child to listen) communicate an appropriate hygiene message in the child development and growth stages.

At the end of the traineeship, Participants engaged to work for good hygiene practices systematization in schools as well as within the community and a significant reduction of the prevalence of water-borne diseases among the most vulnerable people, especially the children.