There was jubilation at The Lilongwe Academy School on Thursday when First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust officials brought to the school prizes the school won after emerging national winners in My Clean School My Pride competition.
The Lilongwe Academy was crowned ‘Malawi’s cleanest private school’ on June 24th at a colourful event held at Sanjika Palace and graced by the First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika and Chinese Ambassador Wang Shi-Ting.
The school beat fellow private schools under the Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISAMA) in the country.
Receiving the prizes Principal of the school Richard Chikudo said;“We are proud of BEAM and of course the First Lady for initiating this competition because it has greatly assisted in changing the mindset of pupils and staff at the school in as far as good sanitation practices is concerned.
“We are happy and grateful for these great prizes. As a school this is motivation enough for us to continue to take care of our surroundings and keep high sanitation standards to retain the championship.”
Apart from the beautiful golden trophy and the certificate, the school went away with a Mega 5000 litre Water Tank, a 37’ Television set, a desk top computer, horse pipes, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, swivelling trash bins and watering cans.
BEAM launched My Clean School, My Pride competition in October last under the Clean Schools Project which targets both public and private education centres to ensure good sanitation and waste management practices in schools.
“Beautify Malawi thought of the idea of working with the students in schools realising that when you train a child, you have trained the future generation.
“The expectation is that these students will become change agents by replicating the practice in their homes and communities,” explained the First Lady during the prize presentation ceremony in Blantyre.
St. Patrick’s High School of the Southern Region came second while Phwezi Girls Private Secondary School of the Northern Region was third position.
In the course of the competition, schools that won at Zone, District and Regional levels were also awarded.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :