A primary school in Lae has commemorated World Water day to highlight the importance of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) and nutrition during the pandemic.
Omgea primary school in Lae despite the covid-19 pandemic, is going extra miles in applying the new normal protocols in schools.
The school had establishing school hygiene clubs, distributed over 100 reusable face marks for students, tippy taps and soap for hand washing.
Omega primary school is also the pilot school for the Integrating WASH in Nutrition (INWAN) – Lukautim Gutpla Kai Kai through Klin pasin project.
The Integrating WASH in Nutrition (INWAN) project is a partnership between the Morobe Provincial Government, the Lae City Authority and the Australian Government as covid-19 response and recovery for 29 Lae schools.
World Vision PNG is the lead implementing partner of the WaSH components of the INWAN project.
World Vision Project Coordinator Joel Johnson said over 600 students including teachers and key stakeholders from Lae City Authority and District Health attended the event.
Omega primary school Principal director Reuben Kaileah She said World Water Day falls on March, 22, however due to covid-19 lock down in March, the school was not able to commemorate the day, thus postponing it to April 30.
School head teacher Nani Antipondu said it was a remarkable event that saw students showcasing their learning in the WASH in School activities in a very creative ways including, posters, quiz and fun games about valuing water.
She said prices were awarded to the best 9 winners from the respective classes during the day.
World Vision Project Coordinator Joel Johnson said Environmental health inspector from Morobe Provincial Health Authority and Lae city Authority were also engaged during the event and trained teachers and students on proper waste management measures.
School Board of management who were very supportive and coordinated the program well till end.
WVPNG at the request of DFAT is working in consultation with Australia National University Enterprise (ANUE) as project managing contractor by DFAT with Morobe School Garden project to integrate Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) into the Project.