The stage is now set for the Battle of the Champions in the on-going Schools Sanitation Solutions (Triple S) Challenge as the top four contestants have now been identified.
At a keenly contested Round Two (The Masters Encounter) on 7th July held at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra, two pupils from Silicon Valley International School in Accra, Joshua Desmennu and Neriah Tettey, one pupil from the Julian Academy in Tema, Maame Akua Ohenewaa Gyimah, and one from Pong Tamale Experimental JHS, Hemes Sylvia Apolara sailed through for a face-off in the Battle of the Champions next month out of which one will be crowned as the first Child Sanitation Ambassador.
The youngest contestant among the ten, a nine-year-old primary 4 pupil from Julian Academy made it to the final to the amazement of the over sixty personalities who were invited to witness the event.
“The children have proved to us all that they know the sanitation issues and they have brilliant ideas for a sustainable solution. Kings Hall Media and World Vision Ghana therefore will continue to explore their potential for a solution. The future is indeed, theirs,” said Emmanuel Addai, CEO of Kings Hall Media.
Providing a brief background to the Triple S Campaign, Mr. Yaw Attah Arhin, WASH Technical Coordinator at World Vision Ghana, said his Organization and Kings Hall Media Limited had partnered since 2015 for the ‘Improved Sanitation Now Campaign.’He said through the partnership, scores of journalists have become passionate with sanitation and have been offering respectable amount of media space to support the sanitation agenda, a number of schools and healthcare facilities had gained access to improved WASH facilities, hundreds of deprived communities had gained access to WASH facilities, and thousands of people had been sensitized on improved hygiene and sanitation behaviours.
The overall winner at the Grand Final will be designated and outdoored as Child Sanitation Ambassador. He/She will be supported to undertake various sanitation campaigns across the country. The final will be a quiz competition among the top four finalists.
In the first round of the competition – the Common Contest – pupils from class four to JHS two were invited to write an open letter to the President of Ghana, informing him of the sanitation situation in and around their schools and offering sustainable solutions to those identified challenges. A hundred and ninety-four entries were received from almost all the regions out of which the ten best were selected for the MASTERS ENCOUNTER in round two. The contestants were made to defended their letters and suggestions to a three-member Panel of Judges before over sixty invited patrons.
The campaign aims at involving children in the search for sustainable solutions to Ghana’s sanitation problems. Kings Hall Media and World Vision Ghana have partnered to organize this campaign.