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AMREF awards hygienic schools in Lilongwe

Written by  Stanley Nkhondoyachepa

Lilongwe, April 3, 2017: There was celebration and ululation on Friday at Mitondo Primary School in Lilongwe when African Medical Research Foundation for Africa (AMREF) presented prizes to three schools in Chowo Education Zone, for emerging winners in zonal school hygiene and sanitation competition.

The three schools, Mitondo, Thuma and Chikosa had demonstrated rare standards of hygiene and sanitations that left visitors and members of the media speechless after touring Mitondo primary school which came first in the competition.

Mitondo school went away with 16 buckets, 3 cartons of soap, 3 balls and a trophy

Speaking  before making the prize presentation, AMREF Health Africa Head of Finance for Southern Africa, Beatrice Chiweza said she was happy to see that their efforts to help teach learners in primary school to practice hygiene and sanitation was bearing fruits and promised that the competitions will continue.

Chiweza said the competition which started in January this year was mainly targeting learners in primary schools so that they are taught ways of improving hygiene and sanitation in order to prevent Trachoma, saying the disease is rated as the leading cause of blindness.

“People who are blind  face various social and economic challenges, therefore if there is a way of preventing blindness, I think it is reasonable and sensible to try at all cost to take heed of it,” she said.

In his remarks, District Education Manager for Lilongwe Rural East Anderson Mtandika, who was the guest of honor, did not hide his happiness, and marveled at the high level of hygiene and sanitation practiced at the school. He said this was necessary as it inculcates in learners responsible behavior in as far as health and hygiene is concerned.

The DEM further added that sick learners cannot perform well in class as this leads to absenteeism and lack of concentration.  He then hailed the teachers at the school for the good job well done and asked the learners to practice what they are learning at the school in their homes.

Group Village Headman Masula thanked all village heads and his subjects for their cooperation when it comes to development projects in the area.  He said the traditional leaders are at the moment mobilizing themselves to mould bricks so that they build more teachers houses.

The traditional leader also hailed the teachers and their head Steve Mwale who he said were doing a commendable job in the area.

There were a total of 12 schools taking part in the completion and the school that came second after Mitondo was Thuma which went away with 8 buckets, 2 cartons of soap and 1 ball and on the third position was  Chikosa which received 8 buckets and a carton of soap.

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