First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Friday presided over the 2015/16 Beautify Malawi (Beam) My Clean School, My Pride competition grand finals where The Lilongwe Academy has been crowned the cleanest Private School in Malawi.
In her speech at the event that was also graced by the Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Shi-ting Wang and Deputy Minister of Education Vincent Ghambi, Madame Mutharika said education institutions in the country should evolve into facilities that not only academic knowledge but also inculcated a culture of cleanliness and good hygiene among the children.
The First Lady hailed the tough competition the schools gave each other throughout the competition.
She said Beautify Malawi thought of working with students and running the My Clean School, My Pride competition in schools on 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,” said Madam Mutharika.
“Let a cleaner and healthier Malawi be part of you and all those around you.Let us change the mindset of Malawians that we need to keep homes, schools, hospitals, markets, streets and all our public areas clean,” she added.
The First Lady then announced that BEAM will run the competition again next academic year in order to consolidate the gains BEAM has achieved through the competition.
She said: “I want to encourage all schools which did not win this year to work extra hard because next academic year (2016/2017) My Clean School My Pride will be back and with more fire and with full force. Those who have won should not relax, rather work harder because I know the competition will be stiffer.
“I will be happy to see that Sanitation Clubs are formed in the schools to promote what BEAM through this competition is advocating. Plant trees and flowers around your schools even homes. You should be ambassadors of BEAM both at school and at home.”
For being national winners, the Lilongwe Academy has received trophy and various prizes including a 50, 000 litters water Tank, a 37” Plasma Television set, Football uniform, a desktop computer and several other sanitation materials such as trash bins, rakes, shovels and wheel barrows.
St Patricks High School of Blantyre are the first runner up at the national level and went away with a Television set, a lap top computer, Football uniform, rubbish bins, footballs and several other items while Phwezi Girls from Rumphi came third.
During the event regional winners were also awarded and given several valuable equipment and sanitation materials. Phwezi Girls, The Lilongwe Academy and St Patricks High School were the winners in the north, center and south respectively.
Over 90 private schools from all the 28 districts of the country who are members of Independent Schools Association of Malawi (Isama) participated in the competition that was launched in October 2015.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :