Inadequate school toilets worry Kazungula education authorities

Kazungula District Education Boards Secretary Samson Sakala has revealed that most schools in Kazungula district do not have enough toilets.

Mr. Sakala said he was happy that the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach which is directly connected to the schools was introduced in the district.

He said children can only be motivated to go to school if the environment was conducive for learning with all the needed facilities such as clean water and adequate toilets.

And AKROS- Zambia Washe Surveillance Officer Russpatrick Scott urged the community in Nyawa chiefdom to improve sanitation so that the donors of CLTS programmes can see the need to continue giving them the much needed support.

Mr. Scott emphasized the need for the community champions to be consistent in sending their monthly reports so that the donors were kept well informed about sanitation activities.

Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane said CLTS should be taken seriously in every community in the district.

Mrs. Musokotwane said government adopted the CLTS approach in communities so that preventable diseases could be addressed.

She said in order for government to make better decisions, there was need to have a clear picture of what was happening on the ground in terms of sanitation .

The district commissioner said this at Chief Nyawa’s palace yesterday in a speech read on her behalf by Kazungula District Education Boards Secretary Samson Sakala during a CLTS orientation meeting for village headmen.

Mrs. Musokotwane said every village was expected to submit monthly reports on sanitation activities adding that the community champions responsible for going round collecting the reports should be given maximum support.

She said the CLTS approach had proved to be effective in improving sanitation concerns in  many African countries and Asia adding that it was aimed at stopping the vice of open defecation which was detrimental to people’s health.

Mrs. Musokotwane urged people in the chiefdom to work together and stop open defecation and make the district a healthier and better environment for all. – ZANIS