Triple S Challenge: Encouraging response from Ghanaian children

Children from all ten (traditional) regions in Ghana have demonstrated that they are interested in finding sustainable solutions to the country’s sanitation and waste management challenges.

As at the submission deadline of 13th march, 2020, 194 children had submitted entries to participate in the School Sanitation Solutions (Triple S) Challenge on the topic:

Write an open letter to the President of Ghana, drawing his attention to the poor sanitation situation in or around your school. Suggest to him how the problem can be solved in a sustainable manner.

Only ten entries were rejected as they did not meet the submission criteria prescribed in the announcements. Below is the breakdown of the valid entries by region:

Greater Accra 83 Western 5
Brong Ahafo 53 Central 4
Northern 15 Volta 4
Eastern 11 Ashanti 2
Upper West 6 Upper East 1

By Friday, 27th March, ten best entries will be selected from the 184 valid entries to make a verbal defense of their submissions in the Masters Encounter (Round Two) in May 2020 in Accra, after which a final four will be selected to be in the Battle of the Champions (final round) in July.

The Triple S Challenge is a child-focused campaign to trigger solution-oriented thinking among pupils in order to create a future of solution-minded citizens as a sustainable solution to Ghana’s sanitation and waste management challenges. The campaign was launched in September, 2019 but the first announcement for submission of entries for Phase One was made in January, 2020.

The campaign is being organized by World Vision Ghana, Kings Hall Media Limited and the Junior Graphic. The Triple S Challenge was triggered by a similar successful child-centered Sanitation and Hygiene Cartoon Campaign in 2018 also organized by World Vision Ghana and Kings Hall Media Limited.

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