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Schools competition fosters improved sanitation

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Water for People (WfP) has said the K600,000 Clean School Completion, which started in March last year as part of the organisation’s efforts to foster improved sanitary conditions, has helped improve cleanliness in schools.

WfP Sanitation Officer, Brian Mulenga, said this when the organisation awarded the top-three winners of the completion at Chimwankhunda Primary School in Blantyre on Wednesday.

He said most schools that participated in the competition which previously had poor latrines and other cleanliness challenges that posed a health hazard to learners, have demonstrated great zeal to maintain sanitary conditions in their institutions.

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Mulenga said the schools’ commitment will improve pupils’ learning environment and enrolment.

“It is encouraging that the schools that took part have been triggered into action that will in turn sustain the good sanitation as a result of the competition. We are sure that their toilets will remain cleaner and, above all, the student’s body cleanliness will be maintained.

“As part of complementing government’s efforts on good sanitation, we are working with the Blantyre Urban education office and it is our hope that the gains that we have made through the completion are maintained,” he said.

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Among others, the competition has seen the construction of 42 toilets in primary schools in Blantyre urban and rural in order to improve sanitation.

Chimwankhunda Primary School emerged winners of the competition that saw schools from seven district education divisions in Blantyre urban and rural contesting.

Sigerege and Saint Tereza primary schools came second and third.

Among others, the winning school was awarded a trophy, 25 litres of PVR paint and pairs of gumboots, apart from the consolation prizes awarded to the two runners-up.

District Education Manager for Blantyre Urban, Evelin Mjima, said the improved sanitation meant that the learning conditions in the institutions are the greatest winner.

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