——The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has earmarked on a programme of constructing about 60 VIP toilets in 20 schools in Kaputa and Nsama districts.
The project, which is under the School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) programme, will be undertaken by The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) starting this month and ending March, 2015.
Southern Sahara Development Enterprise Director, Mark Mulenga, whose company has been subcontracted by SNV to do capacity building, said the project is aimed at improving hygiene and sanitation in schools.
Mr Mulenga said during a seminar with the Kaputa District Water and Sanitation Hygiene Education (D-WASHE) team that the project will be undertaken in three districts in Northern Province which have a record of water borne and diarrhoeal diseases.
The other two districts are Mbala and Mpulungu. Kaputa and Nsama are considered as one district.
He said the primary aim of the project is to curb these diseases, especially among school going children.
He said UNICEF is targeting schools because it wants them to be agents of change in communities.
Mr Mulenga noted that the organization is in hurry to help the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on water and sanitation.
He has since urged the D-WASHE team to be in the forefront in spearheading the project.
And Deputy Council Secretary at Kaputa District Council, Nathan Kapisha, commended UNICEF for the role it is playing in helping improving sanitation in the district.
Mr Kapisha has since assured UNICEF of the district’s commitment in spearheading