Official close of the hand washing campaign

Over 2000 school children have participated at the official close of a week long campaign to promote hand washing in schools across Bamenda.

Three Weeks ago COMINSUD in collaboration with the regional delegation of water and Energy for the North West Region launched a sensitization campaign to promote the habit of hand washing in schools.This campaign officially ended on Friday the 14th of October 2016 during the commemoration of global hand washing day with soap in the North West region of Cameroon.

During the campaign period,COMINSUD reached out to 19 schools,approximately 4000 school children and 36 teachers with information on the importance of Hand Washing with soap.The campaign period was also used to assess facilities available in schools to promote the habit of Hand Washing and together with school children develop possible solutions where necessary.

At the end of the handwashing campaign, a global handwashing day event was organised by COMINSUD and the delegation of water and energy for the North West, and celebrated in Government high school Bamendakwe.This event which was presided at by the Regional Delegate of water and energy for the North west region brought together over 200 school children from 5 participating schools from around Bamenda 1,2 and 3 subdivisions.The event was articulated by sketches,poems and quizzes which focused on the theme of the event “make hand washing a habit”

Representatives from the regional delegation of health present at the ceremony,also staged demonstrations of proper hand washing with soap alongside students and pupils from participating schools.At the end of the ceremony,participating schools,winners of the quiz and poetry competition were awarded prizes which will also facilitate the process of hand washing with soap and clean water.

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Kick off campaign of hand washing in schools

At least 30.000 persons are expected to benefit from a two week sensitization campaign organised to promote the habit of hand washing.

The campaign which is organised by COMINSUD in collaboration with the Regional delegation of water and energy for the North west-MINEE kicked off today at Government Nursery School Mbingfibeh Mankon, reaching out to 256 pupils and 4 teachers.

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During the sensitization session pupils and teachers were equipped with knowledge on the importance of hand Washing with soap and steps to wash hands properly as an affordable means of preventing diseases.

At the end of the session the pupils participated in practical demonstrations to prove their understanding of the steps for proper hand washing with soap.The pupils where delighted to participate in the exercise and expressed need to have hand washing facilities in their schools to promote the habit of Hand washing.As their own step to promote the habit of hand washing,some of them proposed to bring a bottle of water and soap to school daily while others promised to channel request for hand washing facilities from their parents,through their headteacher.

The Campaign is organised as part of activities to commemorate Global Hand Washing day on the 15th of October 2016,and will be carried out in schools around the Bamenda I,II and III council areas and via social and traditional media.

By Ngobesing Linda

Prize awarding ceremony in Ecokids project

 

The Safe School Environmental Campaign (SSEC) 2015/16, a competition within the Ecokids project, is over. After big efforts in greening their schools, improving on hygiene and sanitation as well as access to potable water and better waste management the evaluation team went round all the 27 schools.

The evaluation took place based on a ranking system that has been developed together with all the stakeholders and participating schools. In each school development of the four areas of the campaign (school greening, waste management, WASH, access to potable water) was assessed e.g number of trees, length of hedges, cleanliness of toilets, availability of hand washing facilities, toilet tissue, drinking water, number of dust bins etc.

Among the 18 participating primary schools these were the prize winners:
1. Presbytarian School Mendankwe
2. Government School Alankie
3. Government School Alamandum

Among the nine secondary schools two prizes were awarded:
1. Government Technical High School Alabukam
2. Baptist High School Mankon

In addition encouragement prizes were given to:

    • Full Gospel High School Nkwen for efforts in providing drinking water
    • Government Technical High School Chomba for good example of tree planting
    • Cameroon Baptist Convention School Musang for good practise in providing drinking water in class rooms
    • Presbytarian School Ntamulung for good practise in hygiene and sanitation
    • Government Primary School Bamenda Group II for good practise in erosion control
    • Government Primary School Nibung for good practise in waste separation

Prizes were given in the form of material, depending on the needs of the school (e.g. cutlasses, buckets, dust bins, spates, hoes) worth 50,000 frs (first prizes), 35,000 frs (2nd prizes), 25,000 frs (3rd prize). The encouragment prizes had a value of 15,000 frs each.

Handing over of prizes

Handing over of prizes

Handing over of prizes

Handing over of prizes

Financial assistance was provided to three schools because of extremely poor toilet facilities (20,000 frs each) and we are keen to see the improvement in the next academic year.

The host of the ceremony was BHS Mankon, that also offered a nice excursion through their premises, especially with regards to the environmentally-related activities.

In the school farm of BHS Mankon

In the school farm of BHS Mankon

Excursion round BHS Mankon

Excursion round BHS Mankon

The SSEC will be repeated in 2016/17 and we hope to have much more schools joining it for the betterness of our educational environment. The Safe School Environmental Campaign (SSEC), a competition within the Ecokids project is over. After big efforts in greening their School, improving on hygiene and sanitation as well as access to potable water

Stakeholders promise support for schools in Bamenda

As the Safe School Environmental Campaign (SSEC) is unfolding, some stakeholders have made known the kind of support they will be putting in, by the end of the campaign.

In a discussion with the Regional delegate for environment, protection of nature and sustainable development, Mr. Moma Henry Awah, he pledged environmental friendly trees and seedlings for the sustainability of school environments.

Christabel Neh (COMINSUD) in the meeting with Mr. Moma Henry Awah

Christabel Neh (COMINSUD) in the meeting with Mr. Moma Henry Awah

At the “Regional delegation for Water and Energy”, the newly appointed delegate as at now, is looking at delegating a committed staff to join the campaign’s monitoring and evaluation team.

Meeting in the office of the Regional Delegate for water and energy

Meeting in the office of the Regional Delegate for water and energy

The team will soon start accompanying the 27 schools in carrying out their action plans on their campuses as well as monitoring and evaluation as per a ranking system that has already been drafted.

We wish the schools within the SSEC all the best as they compete in sustaining and making their schools safe for learning.

Safe School Environmental Campaign on the go!

Officially launched by Mr. Fon Nsoh and some stakeholders in the education, environment, water and energy domains, 28 schools in Bamenda I, II and III have unanimously expressed interest in the campaign and have developed environmentally friendly action plans such as school greening, waste management, access to portable water, hygiene and sanitation to be implemented in their schools.

With proper implementation of the above action plans, are we not sure of safer school environments?

Rallying schools for the Safe School Environmental Campaign

COMINSUD visited newly identified schools to introduce the Safe School Environmental Campaign that takes place within the Ecokids project. These visits were made to schools within Bamenda I, II and III sub divisions. We could successfully involve 20 new schools into the campaign in addition to those ones, who have joined the campaign already last year. Pictures of the present situation of  the school environment, water, toilet and waste management facilities with high potential for improvement were also taken during the visits.

Waste is dumped just behind the classrooms (school?)

Waste is dumped just behind the classrooms.

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Poor toilet structure left in bushy dirty area

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Bare soil on campus – muddy during the rainy season and dusty in the dry season

Bare soil, erosion and dust at the main entrance of .... (school?)

Bare soil, erosion and dust at the main entrance of a government high school

Pupils fetching water from an almost inaccessible water tank (which school?)

Poor and dangerous access to water forcing students to climb on tanks which are high up

Finalisation of the PAEPA MRU project

For three years COMINSUD has worked on the promotiion of Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation through the PAEPA MRU project. This project is has been finalized this week with a closing and reflection workshop.

We have collaborated with the African Development Bank (ADB), the Ministère de l’Eau et de l’Energie (MINEE), the Fonds Spécial d’Equipement et d’Intervention Intercommunale (FEICOM), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and 20 councils from the South West Region (SWR) and the North West Region (NWR) of Cameroon for more than 3 years. We are proud to present the final results now:

  • We have assured the effective construction of 231 private Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets for households that are expected to benefit 1,848 persons as well as 53 public VIP toilets in institutions (schools and health centers) that are expected to benefit about 1,500 users.
  • We have set up and trained 15 gender sensitive water management committees (180 persons) that will take up management of water for the benefit of about 11,250 people in some rural areas of the NWR and SWR.
  • We have assured the effective construction of 15 rural water supply systems having 150 stand taps for 11,250 people to guarantee their access to potable water.
  • The Gender Sensitive Complex in Widikum is effectively operating, employing 14 rural women and generating income for them as well as the community.

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