At the end of September Maiom Primary School in Kavieng officially opened its School Sanitation Park. The park consists of a toilet block with six toilets, three shower rooms and one laundry area, and four separate VIP toilets. All these toilet facilities also have basins for washing hands with soap.
The Sanitation Park serves two purposes – to provide access to sanitation infrastructure for staff and students at the school, and also to provide community members examples of sanitation products that are available for sale through the Kulangit Community-based Sanitation Enterprise.
The Sanitation Park was built in partnership with Live & Learn in Kavieng through the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program, funded through the Australian government Civil Society WASH fund. Patrick Topital, Project Manager for L&L in Kavieng, commented that the School Sanitation Park will help encourage positive hygiene practice by school staff and students. The Sanitation Park infrastructure is supported through hygiene promotion teaching in classes, and peer education activities done by the student WASH Clubs established in the school.
The opening ceremony was witnessed by students, parents, school board of management and staff and their key partners in the School WaSH Project. Also present was Live & Learn WASH Technical Manager, Rob Hughges.