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NC schools scoop water awards

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City pupils walk off with top prizes

File picture. Picture: David Ritchie/ANA Pictures

THREE Northern Cape schools emerged as winners at the National Baswa le Meetse school competition hosted by the Department of Water and Sanitation in Benoni, Gauteng, earlier this week.

Tetlanyo Primary School from Kimberley claimed the first runner-up spot in the Public Speaking category – competing against pupils from the other eight provinces in South Africa.

The three pupils, Gerald Moima, Beauty January and Gladys Botsang, debated the thorny issue of the challenge of limited access to water and sanitation facilities in some communities because of their socio-economic status.

They will each receive a comprehensive bursary to study at any accredited university in South Africa. The bursaries cover the cost of registration, tuition, food and accommodation.

Isagontle Primary School from Kuruman claimed second position in the Eco Schools category and will receive R30 000 worth of material for their school project.

The eco school programme is a newly included category into the competition and seeks to address water and sanitation problems in schools by raising awareness, greening of schools and promoting good health and hygiene practices.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has been mandated to support eco schools and ensure that the schools have sustainable water and sanitation projects.

Ikhaya Primary School from the Pixley ka Seme district attained third place in the Poster category. Bongani Jolla from Richmond scooped
R4 000 for his school with his drawing depicting a community with good water and sanitation practices.

The 2020 Vision for Water Education is a school-based programme aimed at addressing public education with special focus on pupils at basic education level.