12 Year Old, Ms. Neriah Tettey from the Silicon International School in Tema in the Greater Accra Region has emerged the winner of the maiden edition of School Sanitation Solution Challenge.
Ms. Tettey beat three other contestants, Mr. Joshua Desemennu also from Silicon International School, Maame Akua Ohenewaa Gyimah of Julian Academy – Tema and Hemes Sylvia Apolara from Experimental Junior High School (JHS) at Tamale in the Northern Region on the final lap to emerge the ultimate winner.
The School Sanitation Solution Challenge which was put together by World Vision Ghana and Kings Hall Media, with support from Zoomlion Foundation and GAMA SWP received entries from about 100 young people from across Ghana.
The 100 young pupils’ were tasked to provide practical solutions to Ghana’s sanitation problems and after months of heated debates and oral presentations, in a series of contests only four of them sailed through to the grand finale.
The final lap had three (3) levels – relevant issues, raised (problem solving skills), advocacy skills and presentation skills.
The final four contestants were then required to defend their essays before a live audience and after an hour, Ms. Tettey came top.
Ms. Neriah Tettey, Winner of the maiden edition of School Sanitation Solution Challenge
Mr. Joshua Desmenu of Silicon International Sch. and Sylvia Apolara from Experimental JHS both 12 years of age came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Speaking in an interview with this Reporter after the event, Wash Technical Coordinator at World Vision Ghana, Mr. Yaw Attah Arhin believes children have a role to play in solving Ghana’s sanitation crisis hence the need for this contest.
“As we all saw from their presentations, these children have lots of ideas when well taped will go a long way to help address the sanitation problems in our schools and the country in general.” He disclosed.
Meanwhile, the National Programmes Officer of Zoomlion Foundation, Mr. Thomas Narh Korley urged winners of the maiden edition of School Sanitation Solution Challenge to be agents of change in their schools and communities.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH