On 10th October 2018, Freetown City Council launched its Cleanest Zone in Freetown Competition (as one of the initiatives in the Sanitation sector within Transform Freetown: see here ). The Competition will motivate communities to carry the spirit of National Cleaning Day into everyday life and ensure they properly dispose of their waste.
This will be achieved by rewarding communities that achieve the most significant progress in cleanliness, beautification, sustainability, and innovative solutions with prizes including solar-powered streetlights, a water point, pavement of roads and scholarship support for local children.
FIRST PRIZE – 4 IMPROVEMENTS FOR YOUR ZONE!
10 solar-powered streetlights, 1 water point, 250 meters of road paved with recycled plastic outdoor tiles, and 10 scholarships (5 junior secondary and 5 primary; 6 girls and 4 boys) to complement the quality free education initiative.
SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE
FOURTH AND FITH PRIZE
Sanitation (both solid and liquid waste) is one of the biggest challenges we face in Freetown. If we are going to solve this problem, it is essential that everyone does their bit. The Cleanest Zone in Freetown Competition rewards the communities who are doing the most to improve sanitation in their zone, with amazing prizes which will make a real difference to those communities in the long term.
The Mayor said, “we know we will only succeed in improving sanitation in Freetown when there is strong community ownership and participation. The Cleanest Zone in Freetown Competition enables communities to realize immediate benefits of keeping their environment clean. I’m excited to see what communities can achieve as we work together towards this common goal.”
The first Competition started in October 2018, and the winners and runners-up will be announced on 11th April 2018. There will then be subsequent competitions every 6 months.
The rules for the competition have been carefully designed to ensure that all communities have an equal chance of winning the prize. Some areas of Freetown are of course already cleaner than others. The competition therefore rewards the greatest improvement in cleanliness in each zone, measured against a baseline assessment which was undertaken by Freetown City Council’s team of assessors in November 2018.
To win the Competition, all communities need to do is to look at our Assessment Criteria and make sure that they are disposing of their waste properly, and (for extra points!) planting trees, flowers and carpet grasses (which help to prevent soil erosion) and (for even more points!) entering into long term arrangements with waste collection business in their area – the Cleanest Zone is not a one-off, but an ongoing process. Their councillors, Ward Development Committees and Disaster Management Committees will help: please look at You Sabi Your Zone? and our Councillors to get help in finding them.