The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has launched the school water and sanitation clubs at St. John’s Yerya Primary School in Kibiito Town Council-Bunyangabo District through school water and sanitation clubs (SWAS) which is a Social Corporate Responsibility (SCR) initiative by NWSC aimed at inculcating values of safe water use, hygiene, sanitation and environmental protection among the school going children of the nation.
The club with over 20,000 members in more than 400 schools across the country has an aim of grooming a generation that will be responsible for our water resources and the environment in the country.
Handing over a 10,000 litres capacity water reservoir to the new school club, NWSC vice board chairperson Ruth Kanyaruju, said that the SWAS clubs are an initiative of the Board and management of NWSC.
“We want to use young people to become our ambassadors on issues of water, hygiene, sanitation and protection of the environment,” she said.
Kanyaruju said that the young people will help to spread the gospel of safe water use, sanitation, report leakages, water theft, plant trees, preach against swamp reclamation and other concerns. “The young people will be our brand ambassadors in future,” she said.
NWSC Board member Hajati Faridah Mayanja Mpiima urged the students to be responsible citizens in future
Sensitising the pupils at the school, NWSC Deputy Managing Director Board Affairs and Management services Miss Edith Kateete urged the students to protect the environment and use the water connections at the school to improve their personal hygiene and health.
Kateete said that NWSC will continue to support the education sector through the SWAS clubs.
“The government of Uganda working with the NWSC Board and management have adjusted the tariff of water to boost the education sector in the country. We have adjusted the tariff for UPE schools. This is to enable them continue educate the children who little or no school fees per term,” she said.
Kibito town Mayor Jibb Tugwezire thanked NWSC for the all-round development efforts in the country.
“NWSC is extending water, sewage services, promoting hygiene, sanitation, health and now supporting the education sector. This is commendable work by a government institution.” he said
The mayor said that the members in the club will help promote good values in their homes, at school and in the entire Bunyangabo District.
LC.1 Yerya appreciated NWSC for extending services in Kabarole district.
“We are seeing pipes in every corner of the country. Within no time, we are sure that you will achieve safe clean water for all,” he said.
The headteacher of St. John’s Yerya Primary school, Jane Kabagenyi, thanked NWSC for giving back to the education sector and its customers.
“Thank you for the SWAS clubs initiative. Through the club activities, we shall build a responsible generation that will protect our resources. With the support of NWSC, the club will provide a platform for the children to learn water and sanitation issues,” she said