Good loo hygiene is a basic human need
The community trust of the smelter operator in Tsumeb, Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb has just spent over N$122,000 to restore the condition of the six ablution blocks at Etosha Secondary School.
The ablution blocks have fallen prey to neglect and vandalism over the years and required a major refurbishment to restore it to acceptable hygiene.
Dundee Precious Metals said their loo investment is in support of Harambee calling for 50,000 rural toilets and elimination of the bucket system by next year.
“The Dundee Community Trust came to the fold with the recent six block toilet handover which aligns with both Dundee Precious Metals community investment core value and HPP’s 5th chapter” stated Dundee.
Dundee Community Trust Administrator, Andre Struwig highlighted the long term positive health benefits of having sanitary toilets stating that clean toilet facilities is a basic need and necessity in any school environment. “The Dundee Community Trust will play its role in support of our President’s Harambee Prosperity Plan wherever possible and by upgrading already existing toilet facilities the Trust prevents the toilets from falling into complete ruin. These toilet blocks will benefit 800 learners” he added.
The six toilet blocks are allocated equally among the learners and teachers. Two are for boys, two for girls and two for both male and female teachers.
“Providing hygiene and sanitation facilities in schools will create an enabling school environment, awareness of hygiene and sanitation will ultimately lead to fewer water borne illnesses. Everyone knows there is joy in using a clean toilet. This also encourages learners to keep the toilets clean, tidy and maintained” said Struwig.
Etosha Secondary School Principal, Andris Kaishungu commended the Dundee Community Trust for coming to the aid of his learners pointing out that it is one thing less on the Etosha Secondary School to-do list.