Two primary six pupils of the Mawuli E.P Basic “A” school in the Ho municipality have won a competition on a campaign against open defecation organised by World Vision International Ghana.
For their prizes, they both received a cash amount of GH₵300.00, a set of World Vision branded note and exercise books and assorted learning materials on sanitation.
Miss Jessica Akwebea and Prosper Rapim, 12 and 10- year-old respectively, were among 36 selected winners nationwide, who excelled in knowledge on good sanitation practices contest.
The competition known as ‘Cartoon Campaign against Open Defecation’, was a weekly series featured in the Junior Graphic newspaper for pupils to read and answer questions.
Mr Yaw Atta Arhin, Water and Sanitation Technical Coordinator at World Vision International (WVI), who presented the prizes to the pupils, commended the children for winning the prize and their knowledge on open defecation.
He called for behavioural change and urged the school pupils and community members to use the available toilets for improved sanitation in the community.
Mr Arhin said the organisation would continue to collaborate with school authorities to enhance their children’s knowledge on open defecation.
Madam Stella Kumedzro, Deputy Volta Regional Environmental Health Officer, charged all the pupils to be champions of good sanitation ambassadors.
That way, we will all fight open defecation through coordinated and more aggressive policy influence and public sensitisation, he said.
The Head teacher of the school, Mr John Fansey, said they were proud of the pupils, saying their talk on issues concerning sanitation was yielding positive results.
He said they would continue to encourage more of their pupils to enter into this year’s competition to bring more laurels to the school.
FROM KAFUI GATI, HO