Kids & Teens Resource Centre

Children Hygiene And Sanitation Education (CHASE) CLUB

CHASE is an approach to promoting good hygiene among children and was developed in rural areas of Akure north with the support of Action Aid under the partnership against poverty program. It is based on the PHAST approach. PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation) is a participatory learning methodology that supports communities in improving hygiene behaviours, reduce diarrhoeal disease and encourage effective community management of water and sanitation services. CHASE applies a variety of exercises and educational games to educate children about the direct links between personal hygiene and good health. CHASE is based on the premise that personal hygiene practices are usually acquired during childhood and therefore better to try changing the habits of children than those of adults. The CHASE approach takes advantage of the natural attributes that children have less knowledge and experience, fewer responsibilities and a different conception of time and the future and are also naturally inquisitive and eager to learn. PHAST encourages children to actively participate in open discussions and to share their experiences and ideas with their peers.