The Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust on Tuesday awarded prizes to over 100 schools from the central region which competed in the trust’s ‘Our Clean School, Our Pride’ school competition launched in October, 2015.
The competing learning institutions are member schools for Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISAMA).
Presenting the awards at the Baptist Theological College in Lilongwe, Chairperson for BEAM Trust, Mayamiko Mwinjiro, described the competition as exciting.
He announced that over 39 schools had won at district level, and that thereafter the schools would compete at the regional level and the schools that would emerge on top at this level would compete with others from the three regions to find national winning school.
“It is exciting. It has started well. We have seen the standards change in all the schools and we have seen them working hard, making sure that they beautify the schools. We have seen them work to make sure that sanitation and hygiene standards are raised,” said Mwinjiro.
He added, “This shows that every year the schools will raise the standards of their surrounding beyond what they have done this year, and other schools will join as well.”
He said despite the schools competing, BEAM was also encouraging the culture of beautifying the country’s surroundings and making sure that sanitation and hygiene standards are very good to the little ones.
“Whatever the pupils are practicing at school to make sure the standards are good they will practice the same at home as well,” said Mwinjiro.
ISAMA President, Joseph Patel, described the competition as a very good initiative and he hailed the First Lady, Madame Gertrude Mutharika, for introducing the initiative in partnership with ISAMA.
“We have seen that most of the schools have automatically improved their standards and most classrooms now have bins, toilets are clean and this shows that there is a lot of improvement,” said Patel.
Patel further said most of the kids under ISAMA were from well to do families who depended on house girls and house boys to take care of the surrounding for them but he said the competition was enabling them to take responsibility of their surroundings.
According to Patel, over 500 schools countrywide entered the competition.
The winning schools were given certificates and some sanitation utensils.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :