On October 15, 2017, the whole world commemorated the Global Handwashing Day. It is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap. It aims at motivating and mobilizing people around the world to improve their handwashing habits by washing their hands with soap at critical moments throughout each day, thereby raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.

As an organization whose mission is to educate, empower and inspire young people in mostly disadvantaged communities in Nigeria with a focus on using innovative approaches like football and other physical activities to educate adolescents about public health-related issues such as malaria, HIV/AIDSpersonal hygienesexual and reproductive health as well as creating a safe space for them to access to health services and resources, YEDI took the hand washing message to 50 public schools in Lagos, reaching out to over 500 children.

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With this year’s theme: ‘Our Hands, Our Future!’ the hand wash message with demonstrations to boot, was well received by both pupils and teachers alike as well as the Chairperson of Okunola (Alimosho) LCDA, Mrs. Olabisi Adebajo and her Vice – Hon. Dapo Sonowo.

For this year’s Global Handwashing Day, it was all fun for children of Bishop Oluwole Memorial Primary School, Agege; Oke-Odo Community Primary School, Abulegba; Estate Primary School 2, Iba; Morocco Junior High school; and Elegbata Senior High school, all in Lagos, who participated.

Other schools who participated in the fun but impactful exercise were Ansarudeen Primary School; Tincan Island Junior High School, Apapa; Ayinke Primary School, Bariga; Talim-Ul Islam Ahmadiyya Nursery and Primary School; and several others.

Thanks to YEDI Skillz Coaches, these children all went home with one message: let’s wash our hands and invest in a better future!