Tema, 28 November 2016 – Students of Community 7 No. 1 Junior Secondary School in Tema, a suburb of Accra have highlighted, through art, the importance of adequate toilet facilities in homes as they observe World Toilet Day. The event which was organized by UNIC Accra, in
partnership with Abibimman Foundation, a local NGO, involved 42 students in a drawing competition to test their understanding of World Toilet Day following a briefing on the theme “Toilets and Jobs”. The students then took the opportunity to demonstrate through art work, their perception of the
relevance of the Day. At the end of the exercise, three students were adjudged winners of the competition. They are Prince Da-Roacha, Xoese Akos Akotey and Baba Abdallah Yakubu.
Prince’s work showed a man defecating in the only source of drinking water in the community to portray the effect of our actions on our water bodies. Akos offered two environments, one with a toilet and
another without a toilet. The juxtaposition is between clean and dirty environments. For 12-year-old Baba, the overall winner of the competition, it is much more comfortable and relaxing for anyone using a water closet toilet facility as compared with defecating in the open. He showed this by drawing a man reading while sitting on the water closet and another man swamped by flies while openly defecating.
At the end of it all, the students received some items such as pins, pencils, stickers, folders, erasers and posters donated by the International Labour Organisation.
Also present at the event was Miss Tourism, Geraldine Sappor who told us about her mission to promote Ghana’s tourism and create environmental awareness among young people.