WaterAid Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation, focused on water, sanitation and hygiene has handed over 28 seater water closet toilet, girls changing room, and underground water storage tank, worth GHC800,000.00 to the La Wireless Cluster of Schools, in Accra.
The 28 seater ultra modern Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilitie forms part of WaterAid’s WASH Rights in Schools Projects is made up of 14 seats each for males and female, changing room for adolescents girls, a disability friendly seat and handwashing basins fitted with taps.
Again, the facility in addition has a multi-chamber septic tank for waste management and 30m3 underground rainwater harvesting system has been provided to augment supply of water to the toilet facility
The 28 seater facility, which is in two block building structures, replaces an old dilapidated structure that was pulled down to make way for the new one which began sometime after the visit of HRH, Prince Charles of Britain, to Ghana in 2019.
At the handing over ceremony, Right to Play, an organisation that is into the promotion of the comprehensive welfare of children which has partner WaterAid Gh jointly donated some sports kits, valued at GH¢50,000.00 to the schools.
The items donated include cones, footballs, first aid kits and a set of jerseys.
Speaking at the ceremony, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Iain Walker, underscored the need of clean water, sanitation and safe environment in promoting quality education for national development.
“Water and sanitation are critical enablers in education,” the British High Commissioner stressed, explaining that children come to school and will remain there only when the environments in which they find themselves in are safe and clean.
Meanwhile Mr Jesse Coffie Danku, the Acting Country Director for WaterAid Ghana, when addressing the gathering expressed worry at the lack of proper toilet facilities in some schools across the country, saying, “we want to deal with school children who are defecating around”.
He said WaterAid would continue to help with the development of water and sanitation systems, and advised on the need to constantly keep water flowing in the facility.
Mr Danku reminded the management and staff of La Wireless Cluster of Schools that there would be an evaluation of how they maintained the facility after five years and urged them to keep to good maintenance culture.
According to him: “Many a time it’s disheartening to see the washrooms/toilets of teacher’s are always clean and neat and people can even sit there and eat ground nuts but that of the pupils are always in a sorry state; thus, urging the management, staff and the students cooperate to ensure that the narrative will not be same in the life span of the facility
On his part the Chief Executive of the La Dadekotpon Municipal Assembly, Mr Solomon Kotey Nikoi, announced that the Assembly was in the process of constructing and renovating institutional public toilets, and appealed to WaterAid to come to the aid of the Assembly in such projects.
According to him, his outfit has come up with some interventions geared towards achieving its goal of ensuring that the municipality comes first in the area of Sanitation in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and the county at large.
The MCE of the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly disclosed that WaterAid Ghana’s kind gesture had come at a time World Health Organisation is encouraging everyone to observe an enhanced hygiene practices as one of the means of reducing the spread of the deadly disease called Corona virus (COVID-19).
Meanwhile, the Municipal Director of Education, Mr Isaac McCarthy-Mensah gave the assurance that the schools would maintain the project to ensure its longevity.
He therefore used the opportunity to appeal to WaterAid and other individuals or institutions to extend such wonderful facility in all the schools in the municipality.
Teachers and pupils from the cluster of schools were full of praise and words of appreciation to WaterAid and Right to Play for the life saving facility.
Speaking with Todaygh.com in an interview on the sideline of the event the Project Officer of Classic Consult Limited, the contractor which built the facility, Mr Ephraim Addotey assured the schools heads that quality materials were used for the construction of the project.
He explained that lots of research and technical work was done before materials were sourced for the construction.
“I am of believe that, if the facility is managed well it will lived before it life duration” Mr Addotey stated.
Story and pics: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH