Mary Mount Catholic Girls Secondary School in Mzuzu has scooped the first prize of this year’s ‘My Clean School My Pride’ National Competition that was ran by Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust in conjunction with Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISAMA).
The Founder and Patron of BEAM, Madame Gertrude Mutharika, presented the trophy and different prizes to Mary Mount Girls Secondary School for emerging winner of the hygiene, sanitation and beauty oriented competition.
The school received a trophy, a laptop, television set, a Kiliye-Kiliye decoder, a water tank and wheelbarrows among other prizes, for winning the competition.
Speaking at Mzuzu State Lodge Friday after presenting the trophy and prizes to Mary Mount Secondary School, the First Lady said the “My School My Pride” competition was introduced to beautify and promote good sanitation and hygiene practices in schools.
Mutharika said she was amazed at how young people in the country have embraced the Beautify Malawi vision, saying she had hope and confidence that the vision laid down by the initiative (BEAM) three years ago was very much alive and in safe hands.
“We have gathered here to award and recognize schools that have done exceptionally well in My School My Pride competition and the schools’ participation is a testimony that young people in Malawi have joined forces to promote good sanitation in our country,” she said.
The Beatify Malawi Patron also expressed pleasure to learn that schools at district level are also participating and doing well in the competition, a sign she said signifies that the vision of BEAM has reached every corner of the country.
Madame Mutharika therefore commended the role private schools play in supporting government in the provision of quality education in Malawi.
“As Beautify Malawi, we are very proud to have ISAMA as our partner and together we are making Malawi beautiful,” the first lady said.
The First Lady was pleased to learn that through the competition, flowers have been planted in schools and that they are well looked after.
President of Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISAMA), Joseph Patel, said special tools such as good toilet facilities, woodlots, flowers and the surrounding environment were used to measure the winning school.
He said the competition would assist to build learners into citizens who would understand the significance of keeping their country clean, noting that the competition has transformed a lot of schools as pupils work to emerge winners.
According to ISAMA President, learners also carry over the practices of the My School My Pride completion to their homes, thereby making them clean and beautiful.
Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Shi-Ting Wang, who was guest of honour at the function, acknowledged the impact the competition was making on health and hygiene of children through improvement of their health and hygiene practices.
To demonstrate support to the competition, the Chinese Embassy donated three television sets, three desktop computers, two laptops and 20 footballs as prizes for the competition.
Marist Brothers Secondary School from Dedza scooped the second prize at national level while the third prize went to Mama Khadija Islamic School from Mangochi and Young Ambassadors Primary School from Blantyre.
They went away with various prizes like certificates of recognition, desktop computers, laptop, Kiliye-Kiliye decoders, footballs, lawn mowers, wheelbarrows and watering canes among other prizes.
During the function, schools were awarded based at district level, regional and national levels.
My Clean School, My Pride Competition was inaugurated last year (2016) at Sanjika Palace when Lilongwe Academy scooped the first position at national level with St Patricks Secondary school scooping the second position and Phwezi Girls on third position.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :