By Vinny Newton

Can every Vincy use a water closet correctly? If we talk to our janitors in schools and public buildings, you will hear an array of stories about how educated or uneducated our citizens are as to the proper use of this wonderful invention.

Do we all know where to touch, where to clean, where to adjust, where to sit or stand, how to “aim” and what to do if you “miss”, how to clean up, etc.?

In any case, children entering pre- or primary schools might have to deal with their first independent encounters with public toilets. If they are not properly trained at home or have been miseducated about how to properly take care of their personal hygiene in these facilities, they might have to get their information elsewhere. Hopefully, it is the correct information.

I am sure if you are in Kingstown and have to “go” that you might suddenly have to rock your brains as to where you can find a clean, well-attended facility.

Not to mention if you are up and down the roads of this country as a citizen, or as a visitor. Our public urination culture is another change among changes that needs attention nationally. However, the lack of clean and airy public toilet facilities have given our citizens little way out at times.

What about security at these facilities? Are our students kept safe and unmolested in our schools, churches and other public places when they need to “go”? Have you heard stories of otherwise taking place in this country?

Have we studied the mindset behind the vandalising of public facilities and in particular toilets? I would say the mind that litters, is similar to the one that does not leave a toilet as clean as how it entered. These need addressing along with the ones who destroys these facilities.

Toilets in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a blessing where they are clean, available and understood.

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