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Blantyre primary schools to receive sanitation facilities

Written by  Solister Mogha

One of the urinals at Mbinda primary school in Blantyre - Pic by Solister Mogha

Blantyre, September 12, 2017: Blantyre District Water Office said Monday it will construct sanitation facilities in 20 primary schools in the district as one way of improving sanitation.

Making the revelation, Blantyre District Water Officer (DWO) Tamara Zembeni said this would be done with support from UNICEF under Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project.

The facilities to be constructed include two urinals, three hand-washing amenities, and modern latrines.  

Zembeni said many rural schools in the district have temporary latrines and urinals that are not enough and in bad shape.

She said the recommended ratio for a latrine is 1:60 learners adding this is not the case at present, hence the construction of the facilities would address sanitation challenges in schools.

The Water officer hoped that once completed, the facilities would improve sanitation in schools besides increasing enrollment.

“Poor sanitation negatively affects standards of education. There is high dropout rate. Pupils are at risk of suffering from diarrhea,” she said adding that absenteeism among girls would also be minimized.

However, Zembeni was not committal to disclose how much would be injected into the project.

“We are not aware of the total amount for the project. We will only receive funds for community mobilization and capacity building for school management committees (SMCs), said Zembani.

Fred Salani, Headmaster for Mbinda primary school welcomed the project saying it would help keep pupils, especially girls, in class.

“The project has come at the right time. Many schools are grappling with poor sanitation due to unavailability of sanitation facilities. It is our sincere hope that the project will indeed create a conducive learning environment,” said the Head Teacher.


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