UNDP Tanzania constructs Sh510m worth of Toilets to support sanitation in Kilimanjaro
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Embargoed until Thursday 16th February 2017. Noon- East African Time
UNDP Tanzania constructs Tshs. 510,000,000 worth of Toilets to support sanitation in Kilimanjaro
“School Sanitation is a key for quality education and environmental hygiene”
16 February 2017, Kilimanjaro - The United Nations Development Program Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, and the Head of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Amb. Celestine Mushy inaugurated 10 toilet facilities for 10 Primary Schools in Moshi District. This follows an initiative launched when the UN marked 70 years of existence and a UN team visited Kilimanjaro region to support development activities, including on environmental conservation and hygiene.
UNDP Tanzania supported the Kilimanjaro Regional Administrative Secretariat with TSHS. 510,000,000 to build toilet facilities in 10 primary schools to ensure adequate and reliable sanitation infrastructure to support boys and girls as well as teachers. To date 178 individual toilets holes have been built in 10 schools with 104 being for girls and 74 for boys.
Highlighting the inauguration of the facilities, the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, commended the project and the partnership with the government and local schools as this constitutes one more step in promoting sustainable development, improved educational facilities for boys and girls, and enhancing the potential to reach the Global Goals by 2030.
He stated that, “Lack of proper sanitation facilities is a major challenge for schools and this disproportionately affects girls the most. These schools, as well as the parents of the children, can now focus on ensuring a quality education for the children. Girls in particular will have less challenges in attending school. At the same time, hygiene has been greatly improved and this will ensure healthier students and families.”
Emphasizing on the UN at 71 and the relevance to Tanzania’s context, the Head of the Multilateral Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Ambassador Celestine Mushy, commended UNDP for this initiative and called for more support to the neediest schools across the country to ensure the Global Goals related to environment, sanitation and clean water are achieved by 2030. He emphasized that it is through these kind of targeted assistance that SDG 4 on Education and SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation will successfully be achieved with their targets on building effective learning environments for all. He said “Much as charity begins at home, sanitation and hygiene start with me and you.”
The Regional Commissioner of Kilimanjaro, Hon. Saidi Meck Sadiki called for strong community ownership of the projects and asked teachers and pupils to support the Global Goals. He noted that we have only one planet and the environment is being degraded due to lack of care. This must change to ensure that Tanzania’s citizens can reach their full potential.
The primary schools that benefitted from the grants are Mseroe, Fukeni, Majengo, Mrieny, Riata, Mue, Kiboroloni, Majengo, Azimio and Mandela. The delegation has been in Kilimanjaro for the past three days and had visited the Gender Desk at the Moshi Police Station and the Police Academy as well as the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro where over 2,000 trees were planted in 2015 to celebrate UN at 70. Furthermore, the mission carried out a Global Goals awareness-raising event at a secondary school in Moshi.
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