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Title:The Effectiveness of Using School Children in Samples and Data Collection
Author:Tobayiwa, Chris
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
water supply
Education and Oral Traditions
Environment, Ecology
School children
Data collecting
Abstract:This paper presents the results of a study of a water quality survey carried out in two rural areas of Zimbabwe between 1987 and 1989, in which school children, guided by their school teachers, collected the water samples. The objectives of this study were to a) examine the effectiveness of using school children to collect water samples for chemical analysis and to provide basic environmental data; and b) obtain information about the attitudes of the community to issues of water supply and sanitation facilities using school children. The study was carried out in Gokwe and Chimanimani districts. In order to carry out the survey of all drinking water sources in the two areas, all school children aged 11-15 years were requested to collect water directly from the source where their family got drinking water. The knowledge, attitudes and practices survey was undertaken by requesting the children to complete questionnaires asking for data about themselves, their drinking water source, their families and their sanitary facilities. The results show that, where instructions were clear, the children were effective in collecting samples, and that limitations on using children to collect environmental data lie mainly in communication-related problems. App., bibliogr., sum.