A school assembly and prize-giving ceremony was held at Shahid Hadis Park, Khulna on Thursday to present awards to the best schools in terms of sanitation practice in Khulna.
The event was held under Sanitation Month and World Hand Wash Day 2017, organised by Khulna City Corporation’s FSM School Sanitation Programme in association with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.
The main aim of the school sanitation programme is to include faecal sludge management (FSM) in the sanitation practices of schools, emptying the septic tanks in schools regularly and safely, keeping in place hand washing facilities for students after using lavatories, raising awareness among school-going children about FSM, including FSM in student council initiatives, and encouraging formation of a fund in schools for sustainable sanitation systems.
Three primary schools - Daulatpur Mohsin Government Primary School, Raimahal Hamidnagar Haji Md Mohsin Government Primary School, and Sonar Bangla Government Primary School - received the awards.
The secondary schools receiving the awards were SOS Herman Gmeiner School, BN School and College, and Reverend Paul’s High School
The ceremony was presided over by Advocate Sheikh Jahangir Hossain Helal, chairman of the Education and Culture Related Standing Committee of Khulna City Corporation, while Khulna City Corporation Mayor Md Moniruzzaman attended the event as chief guest.
The event consisted of presentations by Khulna Sadar Thana Education Officer Md Aminul Islam, and Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Office Research Officer Kamruzzaman, on the best sanitised primary schools and the rigorous selection process undertaken to select the best sanitised schools respectively.
The event was followed by quiz competition and video show.
Follow-up activities to the programme will be implemented after this event. The student councils and SMC teachers will be made aware about improved sanitation systems and plan.