May 28, 2024 1:24 am

CRS marks 2021 Global Handwashing Day with over 15 basic schools in Mamprugu Moaduri

The Catholic Relief Services, a non governmental organisation, has commemorated the Global Handwashing Day 2021 at Yagaba in the North East Region. 

The event was organised through the ICOWASH2.0 Project with the Mamprugu Moaduri District, Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Heath Service on the theme; ‘Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together’.

With October 15 earmarked as Global Handwashing Day, the organisers saw the need to sensitise pupils and residents on the importance of living a healthy life through washing the hands with soap and water.

The awareness spells the effectiveness and affordability in preventing diseases and saving lives as well as to trigger lasting change from the policy-level to community-driven action.

District Coordinating Director of Mamprugu Moaduri, Aziz Seidu chaired the event reaffirmed the assembly’s commitment towards ICOWASH2.0 Project and called for collaboration from all stakeholders to ensure effective implementation.

He expressed gratitude to CRS for the continuous support and keeping faith to their promise of ensuring effective collaboration between the assembly and the project team.

“As the DCD, I want to speak the mind of the DCE that whatever role required of us to play for the sustainability of ICOWASH2.0 Project, we shall commit ourselves to that”

The District Director of Education Elias Abange Azure in his address commended CRS for their commitment to academic and human development in the district.

“So far, CRS has proven to be one of the best and committed organisations interested in human and academic development. As a new Director, I have already participated in a lot of capacity trainings of CRS and I have no doubts, together we shall succeed,” he extolled.

He encouraged his staff and teachers to support in their various roles to enable all schools attain WASH-friendly status by the end of the project year.

Senior Project Officer of CRS, Charles Obeng Appiah, reassured the participants of the organisation’s commitment in ensuring positive impacts are made to all beneficiary districts.

He also called for supports from all partners and the assembly towards the project.

In his remarks, he stated “CRS through the I-SHINE and ICOWASH1.0 Projects has invested over $12m in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the last 7 years in West Mamprusi and Talensi Districts. Additional $5m is being invested in the next 2 years in Mamprugu Moaduri, West Mamprusi and Talensi Districts”

The Project Officer, Peter Worlasi Adanu, was optimistic the ICOWASH2.0 Project will be successfully implemented whilst recounting the supports they have received from the District Partners so far.

“The ICOWASH2.0 is a 3 year project being implemented in 3 Districts. So far, 27 schools are benefiting from year 1 implementation whilst additional 30 schools have been proposed to kick-start with Year 2 implementation. I am very confident that we shall achieve the needed results as we effectively collaborate with project stakeholders and beneficiaries”

Other participants at the event included GHS partners, Circuit Supervisors, SHEP Coordinator, Girl Child Coordinator, the District Cultural Officer, other frontline workers from GES, Traditional and religious leaders, over 15 participating schools and their teachers, and the community members.

The event was climaxed with a Handwashing Innovation Challenge by 7 schools with Kunkwa RC JHS from the Kunkwa circuit winning the overall best innovation.

They were followed by Sakpaaba DA Basic School from Yagaba Circuit and Tantala Primary from Tantala Circuit being the 2nd runner up.

Awards were presented to all deserving winners and participating schools.

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