By Staycey Yalo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
World Water Day was celebrated today by Water Aid and partners from the Australian Government at Gabagaba Primary School today.
The event also raised awareness to the school children and the community there on hygienic practices of using water.
Water Aid also launched the Tippy-Tap Competition for schools nationwide as part of its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) campaign.
It was an exciting day at Gabagaba Primary School as students woke up early to decorate their school for the World Water Day celebrations.
Guests from Water Aid, the Australian High Commission, media personnel and officials from the Central Governor’s office were led into the school premises by traditional dancers from the elementary classes.
The theme for World Water Day this year is “Nature for Water”.
In commemorating World Water Day, Water Aid launched the Tippy-Tap Competition, a nationwide competition for schools to win a school tank.
The Australian Government also pledged its continued support for rural PNG communities to access clean water.
The Tippy Tank Competition is aimed at teaching children to practise hygienic ways using water, such as washing hands before and after meals.
The competition is part of Water Aid’s WaSH Program that has been rolled out in rural communities of Central and Sepik provinces over the past 10 years.