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Innovative water pump for Mozambique’s schools

© UNICEF/MOZA/D.Chiconela

Innovative water pump for Mozambique’s schools

Intaca, 12 September 2005 Some 40,000 school children in Mozambique will soon be ‘spinning’ into a healthier future with clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. The Ministers for Education and Culture, Aires Ali, and Public Works and Housing, Felício Zacarias, inaugurated the first of an innovative water pump, which is being introduced in Mozambique with the support of UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Dutch logistics company TNT. As children spin a carousel while they play, they pump borehole water into a tank for use by the school and surrounding communities.

“The aim is to bring water and sanitation to all our schools, and this is an important step in that direction,” the two Ministers declared. They reaffirmed the government’s commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the areas of education, and water and sanitation.

“Access to safe water and sanitation facilities is a crucial factor for keeping children in school and helping them to learn in a healthy environment,” UNICEF Representative Leila Pakkala said.

“Partnerships like this one are essential if we are to help Mozambique’s education and culture sector as well as the sector of water and sanitation to get back on their feet after so many years of devastating war,” WFP Country Director Angela Van Rynbach said.

The roundabout pumps are part of a broader programme called “Flourishing Schools” initiated through a $444,000 donation from TNT. The “Flourishing Schools” programme aims to provide potable water and sanitation to 60 rural Mozambican schools. In the first phase, 30 roundabout play pumps will be installed in schools in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane. In addition, 30 conventional hand pumps will be installed in Manica and Sofala. The roundabouts have already proved hugely successful in rural schools across South Africa and Swaziland.

WFP, together with its corporate partner TNT, have agreed to drill the boreholes while UNICEF installs sanitation facilities and provides hygiene training. The play pumps were developed by the South-African company Roundabout and are partly paid for by the World Bank.

In its efforts to reduce child mortality and morbidity caused by diarrhoeal diseases, UNICEF is supporting the Government in improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Only 36% of the population in urban areas and 40 % in rural areas have access to safe water and 53.3% and 28% to sanitation facilities (DNA, 2003). In 2004 UNICEF’s school sanitation programme focused its assistance on the provinces of Gaza and Zambézia as well as on the municipalities of Maputo, Quelimane, Beira and Nampula.  More than 200 schools benefited from increased access to safe water supply as well as from the construction of separate latrines for boys and girls.




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