ZOOMLION FOUNDATION ORGANISES SANITATION QUIZ COMPETITION FOR B/A SCHOOLS
To enhance the knowledge of school children on environmental sanitation, Zoomlion Foundation, the corporate social responsibility wing of Zoomlion/Jospong Groups of Companies in collaboration with BA Waste Company Limited has organized an inter schools quiz competition on environmental sanitation for Zoomkids Clubs in the Brong Ahafo Region. The quiz which was held at the VAG Hall in Sunyani Municipality, involved three schools drawn from the Sunyani, namely, the Ridge Experimental ‘A’, St James Primary and the Municipal Assembly Basic Schools.
At the end of the competition, Ridge Experimental were the winners with 55 points, followed by St James Primary with 50 points, while the Municipal Assembly Basic School came third with 30 points. Various prizes were awarded to the participating schools, including a gold trophy for the winner and a 240 litter waste bin to each of the participating clubs for their respective schools.
Each contestant also received an Oxford Dictionary as a consolation prize for taking part in the competition.
Advice to children
In his welcome address the coordinator of the Brong Ahafo Regional Schools Health Educational Program (SHEP), Mr. Anthony Nimako, advised the children to take their club activities seriously since it would build their capacity to become responsible future leaders who would be very conscious of environmental sanitation. He also advised the club members to take their health education seriously, asking them to desist from indulging in pre-marital sex and concentrate on their studies.
The coordinator for Zoomkids Programme in Brong Ahafo, Mr. George Manu also advised the club members to see the quiz as a platform for learning and not as a race for a trophy. He also urged them to take active part in all club activities and encouraged the patrons of the clubs to organize more of such educative contests.
A pupil of Ridge Experimental remarked that, he had learnt a lot about the need to keep the environment clean. Also, a 13-year-old girl from St James Primary expressed her joy for the opportunity to take part in the quiz.
Touching on why Zoomlion Foundation sponsored the quiz, the National Coordinator, Mrs. Sarah Kyei, said the primary focus of the Foundation was to build the capacity of children and the youth to be agents of behavioural and attitudinal change in the area of environmental sanitation management. She indicated that Zoomlion had established over 400 school-based Zoomkids clubs in basic schools across the country to promote environmental awareness.