ABOUT 500 children in the Northern Governorate are being targeted as part of a major cleanliness and environmental awareness campaign during Ashoora.
An educational bus has started touring villages and towns in the Northern Governorate after the new initiative was launched by the Northern Municipality under its Ashoora Elevate Scheme on Sunday .
Ashoora commemorates the death anniversary of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
“If we are to achieve our aim of changing people’s cleanliness and environmental habits and promote a healthy attitude, we have to start with the children,” said municipality director-general Lamya Al Fadhala.
“That was our thinking when we launched the initiative of targeting 500 children as part of our cleanliness and environmental awareness programme.
“We may exceed our target depending on how easily children adopt our messages.
“The bus is equipped with all the necessary material – educational, artistic and interactive – and qualified instructors.”
Municipality public relations and information section head Jameel Al Mubarak said the bus has completed touring A’ali, Barbar and Abu Saiba.
“We are giving live demonstrations to children on how to recycle different materials so they can do it themselves later at home,” he said.
“There are innovative ideas and concepts that we plan to introduce to the children who will accept them more readily than adults.
“The bus will be a pillar of our future work and we are studying ideas of how to improve its use.”
The Ashoora Elevate Scheme aims to eliminate food waste during Ashoora as its core goal.
The initiative aims to tackle an excess of organic waste at ma’atams and food stalls during the religious season.
The move is being spearheaded by the municipality as the governorate has more than half of the country’s 620 ma’atams and 650 food stalls.
The annual scheme, in its ninth edition, also features a competition to encourage participating ma’atams, food stalls, processions and individuals to promote cleanliness and environmental projects.
This year’s prize money has been increased, with BD2,200 allocated for the Best Ma’atam, BD900 for the Best Food Stall, BD600 for the Best Procession and BD400 for the Best Short Video on cleanliness and environmental awareness.
Meanwhile, the Imam Hussain Clinic will be opened in Manama to provide medical services during activities and programmes marking Ashoora from Saturday until Thursday.
A meeting headed by Dr Shereen Haji was held yesterday at the Health Ministry’s headquarters in Juffair to finalise arrangements for the opening.
“We are equipping the clinic with all that is necessary for it to provide the best medical services with basic medicines and treatment being given on spot,” said Dr Haji.
“We will classify cases and ambulances stationed in Manama for those in need of being moved to the Salmaniya Medical Complex,” she added.
“There is a full team that includes doctors from all specialisations, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, food inspectors and other medical support specialists working continuously in the clinic from Saturday until the event of activities and programmes.”