Schools, Critical in Dissemination of Hygiene & Sanitation Info
It has transpired that information dissemination in the fight against communicable diseases can be achieved through promotion of sports activities which attract large gatherings.
This has been said after authorities from Likoma Conservation Foundation (LCF), a local organization which is promoting hygiene and sanitation practices in Likoma presented a donation of sports attire to Mtengula Primary School as one way of encouraging school's participation into the program.
Speaking at a handover ceremony on Wednesday, Field Supervisor for the organization, Michael Putaputa told Zodiak that of all the primary schools in the island district Mtengula deserves a token of appreciation being one of the upcoming schools which were promoted to Full Primary School last year but has already started sending students to secondary schools.
Putaputa said as a local organization which receives it's support from well- wishers in Neitherlands, believes that it can spar it's information dissemination objectives to it's target audience through engagement of sports in primary school where people of all age groups gather to watch the game.
"We are pleased to make this donation of sports attire to Mtengula Primary School being one of the most upcoming schools which were promoted from Junior primary two years ago but has already started sending students to secondary schools," he said.
He further added: "as you know that sports is a component in education out of our three thematic areas of approach which includes health, sanitation and hygiene can better influence our messages to the target audience through competitions. This donation of sports attire will help their participation."
In his remarks, head teacher for the school Frighton Nyondo, said the donation is a boost and motivation factor to both learners and teachers as they can now feel sense of recognition to the society.
"This is a great boost and motivation to us [teachers] and learners because we can now feel a sense of recognition by the society that we are a better school that deserves to be appreciated. The uniform will inspire our boys to work hard during competitions," he said.
Mtengula has sent 17 students to various secondary schools out of 26 who have passed the 2022 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations from a total of 30 who sat for the exams.
Early this year, Likoma Conservation Foundation also saw Mtengula Primary School with electricity wiring equipment aimed at creating a conducive studying environment to learners.
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