Presiding over Beautify Malawi “My Clean School, My Pride Competition at State Lodge in Zomba, Madam Mutharika said she is a strong believer of cleanliness and hygiene hence her passion in making sure that Malawi remains clean.
Professor Gertrude Mutharika said since the competition was launched three years ago in Lilongwe, it has managed to raise awareness and create a positive impact on keeping schools and their surroundings clean.
“Today is a great day for those who treasure environmental cleanliness. It is for this reason that we recognize schools that have put in an extra mile in helping BEAM realise its goals of making Malawi a clean and healthy nation,” said Madam Mutharika.
The First Lady, who is also Patron for Beautify Malawi Trust, acknowledged the efforts that the competing schools put in by making sure that they have clean and usable washrooms, well tamed lawns, clean grounds and hygienic classrooms.
Madam Mutharika then urged the assembled students to work hard in class and emphasized on the importance of choosing good company as one way of grooming themselves into responsible citizens.
“Cleanliness also has a bearing on the way one performs in class so as BEAM, we believe that these two go hand in hand but can only be achieved if we choose carefully the company that we associate ourselves with. As students, let us choose companies that will help us progress academically and morally,” said the First Lady.
President for ISAMA, Joseph Patel, commended the First Lady’s vision of beatifying the country, saying this has improved sanitation and hygiene in all the participating schools in the competition which is no mean achievement.
“Madam First Lady, let me say the partnership that is there between these two organisations has improved the way our schools look, tremendously. Every competing school wants to win and therefore the efforts put in during the competition speaks volume on how we all want to do well and I can assure you that we are all winners in this campaign,” beamed Patel.
Taking his turn, Acting Ambassador to China said the Chinese government will continue to support Beautify Malawi in raising public awareness based on the spirit showcased in the campaign and competition that BEAM and ISAMA are running.
Chisapi Private Schools were the overall winner of this year’s competition followed by Domasi CCAP Secondary School on second position, Wukani Private Schools and St John’s Catholic school scooping third place and all the schools went away with assorted items including a TV screen, computer, lawn mower, modern mop and buckets, football and netball jerseys and a certificate among others.