Safe and hygienic school sanitation champions empower primary school

2019-11-27 06:00
Pupils of Hlelolusha Primary School.

Pupils of Hlelolusha Primary School.

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PUPILS of Hlelolusha Primary School received a visit from the Domestos Unstoppables, a team of passionate sanitation ambassadors from Unilever’s head office in Durban recently. The group of 15 stopped by the Pietermaritzburg-based primary school to commemorate World Toilet Day with the pupils and teachers and share some important hygiene lessons!

Although Hlelolusha Primary School is one of 15 000 public schools that are taking part in the National Schools Hygiene and Sanitation Programme, in which Domestos teaches toilet hygiene to Grade 1 pupils all over the country, this visit was an opportunity to connect with the school at large.

The visit included a World Toilet Day assembly and classroom activities where the volunteers could engage with the pupils and find out first-hand about the sanitation struggles they face.

The marketing manager from Domestos, Unilever, Elizabeth Mokwena, addressed the pupils and teachers at Hlelolusha Primary School, saying: “We are here today at Hlelolusha Primary School to give children the opportunity to have clean toilets. We wish you all the best and hope that one day we can see you on TV doing amazing things!”

While Hlelolusha Primary School was one of the estimated 2 703* schools still using dangerous and unhygienic pit latrines (although they did have a structure housing the latrines), their facilities were in need of an upgrade, so Domestos and its partners in sanitation Envirosan, Top T and Plumblink, are currently in the process of refurbishing the toilets.

Representatives from these companies accompanied the Domestos Unstoppables on their school visit to acknowledge this occasion and celebrate with the learners.

“We’ve come today to celebrate the work that we have done in partnership with Unilever by donating tiles, you will now walk into the toilets comfortably knowing that the toilet has tiles,” shared Thulani Mngadi from Top T Tiles.

Stewart Smetherham from Envirosan said: “We want to provide sustainable and dignified toilets for all, we hope you enjoy your new toilets.”

Out of the four major reasons children miss school, three are directly liked to sanitation — diarrhoea, colds, flu and respiratory issues. This means poor sanitation doesn’t just impact a child’s health but can also impact the quality of their education.

Domestos first began championing safe and hygienic school sanitation nine years ago and in 2019 is celebrating reaching two million children with behaviour change education.

This World Toilet Day, Domestos pledged 100% of all profits from product sales towards projects working together with government and the private sector to end the school sanitation crisis.

School principal J.J. Mthembu thanked the brand and partners for their generosity and support.

“Thanks to the Unilever Unstoppable for providing a fun-filled day teaching our pupils about the importance of good hygiene habits and sanitation skills.

“We are also very excited about the new toilets that Domestos and partners are giving us, which will make a huge difference to the lives of our pupils! Thanks again for restoring many lives with these new toilets.”

That means behind every bottle of Domestos in South African homes, is someone playing their part to solve the country’s school sanitation crisis.

This is why Domestos believes that we are #UnstoppableTogether. — Supplied.

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