By Kondwani Kandiado:
A child-focused Organisation, Canadian Physician for Aid and Relief (CPAR) has handed over facilities worth over K50 million to some primary schools in Lilongwe to help improve sanitation and hygiene at the schools and incarnate permaculture way of farming among the primary school learners.
The facilities include four 30,000 litres rain water harvesting tanks, 40 pit latrines and four permaculture gardens have been handed over to two primary schools under Kabuthu Education Zone in the area of Traditional Authority Kabudula and two primary schools under Kasiya Education Zone in the area of Traditional Authority Khongoni in Lilongwe district.
Speaking during the handover ceremony held at Kabuthu Primary School on Tuesday, the Organisation’s Country Manager, Tchaka Thole his organisation handed over the sanitation facilities and the permaculture gardens so that the pupils and teachers have access to good sanitation and hygiene and the water to be collected in the rainwater harvesting tanks will be used to water their permaculture school gardens.”
Thole said he is impressed with the community response to the project which he said was evidenced by their willingness to participate throughout project implementation.
District Education Manager for Lilongwe Rural West, Rabson Kawalala said the facilities would help promote sanitation and hygiene at the school and the permaculture activities will make the schools be covered with vegetation that provide the learners with trees for shelter and have clean air coming from the surrounding area.
Kawalala said: “The schools have very high enrolment rate but had few toilets and this had a very negative impact especially on adolescent girls as they could at times not come to school because there were no places to go to. But the coming in of these sanitation facilities we hope this would be greatly improved”.
He said the permaculture gardens would also help teachers enhance teaching and learning in that they will be able to integrate theory and practice.
Member of Parliament for the area, Monica Chayang’anamuno applauded Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) for complementing government efforts of promoting quality education in schools.
CPAR is implementing a Green Schools Network project in Lilongwe and the beneficiary primary schools are Milala, Chimimba, Kalama and Kabuthu.
Picture: Kabuthu pupils impressed with the project