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SILICON VALLEY STUDENT BEATS 196 OTHERS TO EMERGE “SANITATION DIPLOMAT”

A student of Silicon Valley International School, Ms Neriah Tettey, has been crowned a “Child Sanitation Diplomat”, at the maiden edition of the School’s Sanitation Solutions Challenge.

She beats 196 other students from schools across the country to clinch the title as a sanitation guru.

The grande finale dubbed the “The Battle of Champions” saw Ms Tettey amassing 23 points to topple her counterparts Joshua Desmenu who came second with 17.5 points and Hemmes Apolara placing third with 15 points.

Mame Akua Gyima won the fourth position with 13 points.

The winner took as part of her reward package, a cash prize of GH¢2,500.00 and some stationery.

The “Triple S” challenge launched in September 2019 by the World Vision Ghana and its partner Kings Hall Media in collaboration with Junior Graphic, started with 196 contestants from schools across the country with four making the grande finale.

Mr Dickens Thunde, the National Director of World Vision Ghana, who addressed attendees of the finals at the studios of the Ghana Television in Accra, said the objective of the challenge was to make children agents of change help improve sanitation in the country.

“The challenge is to encourage children to co-create sustainable solutions to sanitation challenges around them and to advocate the removal of barriers and increased access to improved sanitation, particularly in basic schools.

“While Ghana has made progress in respect of access to safe water, it is regrettable that the same cannot be said about sanitation. Progress towards universal access to improved sanitation and ending open defecation has been slow,” Mr Thunde said.

 Ms Tettey expressed her delight after having won the battle and expressed her preparedness to use her influence as an ambassador to help to change the bad attitude of people towards sanitation.

She gave an assurance to use her personality to solicit for facilities to help improve sanitation in communities and schools.

Source: GNA

August 24, 2020

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