By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Teachers of six schools NCD have completed a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Workshop to execute the WASH policy in their respective schools.
The pilot schools include Wardstrip, Ted Diro, St. John’s Tokarara, Boreboa, Hagara and Bomana.
It covered practical ways to keep the school environment, including the classrooms, school grounds and the toilets to meet standards.
This training workshop has also made the teachers aware of the diseases that can be prevented if hygiene is practised in the schools continually.
The schools will now develop their action plans linked to the WASH Policy.
The workshop was held at Anglicare PNG (APNG), NCD and co-facilitated by the National Department of Health (NDoH) representative and APNG WaSH in Schools (WinS) program team.
As the six pilot schools will be implementing the WaSH Standard, the teachers were encouraged to integrate and observe important events that promote WaSH in their schools. These events are: World Water Day which falls in March 22, Menstrual Hygiene Day in May 28, Global Hand Washing Day in October 15 and World Toilet Day in November 19.
From March onward, APNG WaSH team will visit the six pilot schools to give training and awareness to the other members of school, including all teachers, representatives of Boards of Management (BoM) and Parents & Citizens (P&C).
The first activity after this will be the establishment of the Committees, which will consist of the Head Teacher, BoM Chair, P&C representatives (male & female), Head Boy & Head Girl, School WaSH Coordinator and Artisan.