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Tema Metropolitan Assembly celebrates Global Handwashing Day

The Community Development Unit of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly collaborated with the Rural Water Development Programme of the Church of Christ (RWDP – CoC) and the Renner Hospitality Foundation to commemorate this year’s Global Handwashing Day at the TMA School, Klagon. The event brought together about 1, 300 school children and 200 invited guests. The day was marked with a drama by the school children, poetry recitals, songs, choreography and  health talks by young aspiring doctors of the TMA Klagon basic school to educate the audience on the need to wash hands with soap under running water always to avoid diseases. School children were taken through the process of handwashing with soap under running water. They were also educated on innovative ways to get running water wherever they find themselves. Children were     advised to use cups to fetch water and other various ways to improvise taps to ensure access to running water always.

Prior to the event, staff from the Community Development Unit (TMA) and volunteers from RWDP – CoC sensitized school children of the TMA School. Students were visited in their classrooms once a week and taken through good Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices. The team also observed and interacted with the children during their break times. 31 Handwash Ambassadors were identified and groomed by the team. They were also presented with awards for their active involvement in the handwash campaign this year, and it is hoped that these ambassadors will also mentor their colleagues and keep reminding their friends to maintain good WASH practices always.

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