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Evolving Sustainable Environmental Sanitation Behaviour Among Secondary School Students: Home And School As Correlated In Ogbomoso, Nigeria

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC080581

Volume

117

Pages

11

Page Range

615 - 625

Published

2008

Size

309 kb

Author(s)

A. O. Afon, S. A. Okanlawon, F. O. Adigun & O. O. Odunola

Abstract

This study examined the potential influence of homes and schools on evolving sustainable sanitation behaviour among secondary school students in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. Data for the study were obtained from 379 systematically selected students from the three generations of stratified schools in the town. Findings conclude that the students’ knowledge on what constitutes ideal sanitation behaviour was high enough. However, the physical amenities through which the knowledge can be practiced were grossly inadequate both at students’ homes and schools. The inadequacies were both quantitative and qualitative. The inadequacies of sanitation became clear in the students’ responses; some of which the teachers and parents might have been practising. The study concluded that for homes and schools to act as correlates of evolving sustainable sanitation behaviour among these future adults, teaching on how to develop good hygiene behaviour must be matched with corresponding provision of environmental sanitation amenities. Keywords: school sanitation, secondary school, sanitation behavior, home, students, sanitation amenities, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, sustainable sanitation, waste disposal. 1 Introduction The central thesis of this paper is that neither the provision of sanitation facilities without appropriate hygiene behaviour, nor the teaching of how to develop good hygiene behaviour, without corresponding physical provision of amenities, will

Keywords

school sanitation, secondary school, sanitation behavior, home, students, sanitation amenities, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, sustainable sanitation, waste disposal.