By Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA
Savelugu (N/R), Feb. 8, GNA - Community Legacy Initiative Programme (CLIP), a non-governmental organization (NGO), has donated water storage facilities and waste bins to Pong-Tamale Senior High School (SHS) to improve students’ access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH).
The items worth GHC 42,000.00 included three Rambo 1000 Polytanks and ten waste bins, and they are meant to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation to enhance quality education.
CLIP’s support to Pong-Tamale SHS was funded by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) as part of efforts at building a resilient WASH system to ensure a healthy and safe environment.
Mr Paul Azeka Asia, Executive Director of CLIP, who presented the items to authorities of Pong-Tamale SHS at its compound in the Savelugu Municipality, said the lack of access to potable water and improved sanitation tends to create indiscipline, unsafe environment and the transmission of diseases resulting in poor academic performance.
Mr Asia said such a situation compels students to walk long distances in search of water and this re-enforces the negative impact on students, families and communities- affecting overall development and academic performance.
He said CLIP initially decided to sink a mechanized borehole system as a permanent solution to the perennial water crisis faced by the school but that could not be done because the water table at the school’s premises was quite low, hence the provision of the polytanks.
Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, Municipal Chief Executive for Savelugu, advised students to serve as agents of change by keeping the environment clean.
Mrs Margaret Gbande, Headmistress of Pong-Tamale SHS, expressed gratitude to CLIP and GPHA for the gesture saying: “the intervention is a major relief for the school’s water crisis as well as tackling poor sanitation situation to enhancing teaching and learning.”
Mrs Gbande said the Home Economics, Visual Arts and General Science Departments faced water challenges during their practical examinations rendering teaching and learning less effective and resulting in poor performance of students.
Mr Michael Luguje, Director General of GPHA, whose speech was read on his behalf, said there is the need for public institutions to partner NGOs in addressing educational challenges.
Miss Umar Ayisha, a Form Three Student of Pong-Tamale SHS, said many of the students did not attend classes regularly as a result of the water challenge facing the school and described the water project as a big relief to the entire student body.GNA