On the occasion of World Toilet day 2021, North East Network (Nagaland) organised a 3 day-long youth skills training on low-cost toilet construction from 16th – 18th November 2021 at Razeba village. The training held under the theme ‘Valuing Toilets’ was aimed to introduce alternative low cost technique utilising local resources (bamboo) to provide affordable sanitation and contribute to the larger mission of achieving a safe, hygienic and dignified living for all.
To kick-start the training, a Public Awareness Campaign was held on 16th November 2021 at Adhoc Town Council office at Razeba. Boni Zholia, Assistant Headmaster, Razeba High School as the Guest Speaker. Altogether 41 participants – 14 female and 21 male which included representatives from Adhoc Town Council, Students Union, Women Society, Anganwadi, Youth Society, Water & Sanitation (WATSAN), GB’s, Health Committee members and 2 trainees from Phek village attended the program.
Setting the context, Akho Phira, NEN, highlighted the event history emphasizing on the importance of having access to safe, hygienic and affordable sanitation facilities utilizing local resources. Guest Speaker, Zholia, in his speech underlined the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission and the perennial significance of proper maintenance and management of toilets as well as appropriate usage and disposal of sanitary pads and diapers. “Health is wealth”, remarked Boni, while elucidating on the direct and indirect impacts of sanitation and toilets upon our health and well-being.
A total number of 20 participants attended the 3 Days training facilitated by resource person, Zekote Naro. Additionally, film screening and discourse around health, hygiene, sanitation, menstruation, seeds and food systems was organised with 32 students and 15 youths from Razeba and Zhavame villages respectively.