For Saturday, May 18 the school grounds of Centre Salisa school became a stage. Surrounded by their families, teachers, peers and special guests, theatre in the round-style, students performed lessons to educate about the managing waste.
Students drew creative energy for their performances by talking with waste management professionals, viewing bodily waste samples under a medical clinic microscope and from neighborhood walks where they evaluated the impact of waste firsthand. These inspirations prompted the students to clean their classrooms on a daily basis, arriving at school before even their teachers to clean.
Songs, skits and poems teach in fun, accessible ways the need to keep the environment clean to prevent diseases and erosion by collecting waste and disposing of it properly, reusing or composting. Students entreated attendees, and parents in particular, to work together and support each other to minimize the dangers of waste by good management.
Special guests watched with pleasure and support as the students demonstrated their learning. Representatives from UNICEF, World Vision, and Rotary joined the Assistant Mayor of Mpasa II, Nsele City, the Police chief of the National Intelligence Agency, President of the National Association of DRC Parents and Water and Sanitation Coordinator and Manager of Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales Kasangulu.
|"What the children said here only means that we parents have not made an effort to manage a healthy environment, which causes high rates of mortality and morbidity. We must not limit ourselves here but must bring these lessons to the community."
--Mr Dueme, Water and Sanitation Coordinator and Manager of Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales, Kasangulu
Students are looking ahead to turning their performances them into action. All the learning about waste leads to student driven Community Service Actions, community service projects targeting public education of the disposal, re-use, and long term health aspects of waste management practices.