Principals and teachers receive training on the Ministry of Education’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme

OPUWO: About 100 principals and teachers in the Kunene Region received training on the Ministry of Education’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme last week.

The last team of 40 principals and teachers completed their training, which started on Thursday, at Opuwo on Friday.

WASH is funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N), and coordinated by the Society for Family Health (SFH).

It is aimed at promoting hygiene in schools, and is especially relevant for the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana and Ohangwena regions as these regions have been experiencing cholera outbreaks in recent years.

According to a report released by the Ministry of Health and Social Services this year, some 554 cases of cholera were reported in the four regions. By February this year, 18 people had died of the disease.

Laina Amutenya, who is a WASH facilitator and education officer in the Ministry of Education, told Nampa today that it was seen as important for the ministry to train principals and teachers in the programme in all regions as cholera is spread through poor sanitation and hygiene practices, as well as contaminated drinking water.

SOURCE: NAMPA