Improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities leads to healthier families and communities. Practice of safe hygiene within the IDP requires urgent attention because of the increase in waterborne diseases caused by unsafe sanitation and hygiene practices such as open defecation, lack of proper waste management among others. There is a need for intensive hygiene promotion activities in IDP to ensure a healthy life of children and women with the IDP camps.
Apart from the health challenges such as water-borne diseases they are prone to, issues of poisonous animals such as snakes bites, pollution are also major issues of concern. It is important that the IDPs are engaged within a safe space to discuss and explore ways of solving their sanitation issues.
Playback Nigeria has partnered with UNICEF to engage the IDPs in a creative space using Forum Theatre methods towards achieving a sanitized and hygienic environment through the use of Applied Drama techniques. We recognize that there is a need to raise more social consciousness on issues such as improper hygiene and this can be done by embracing a more creative and educative approach – DRAMA.
The activity will run for a period of 16days starting with training of IDPs as Forum Theatre actors and actual intervention in the 12 IDP camps in Maiduguri from Monday 7th of November 2016. The performances would not only be entertaining and educative but will involve the audience as active participants in the process – what Boal calls Spect-Actors.