Scaling up WASH in Schools program in India
Centre for Community Health Research (CCHR), India
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Poor Sanitation, unsafe and inadequate drinking water facilities and unhygienic behavior usually found to be disastrous for children. This will affect the health and well being of school children to a large extent. School children spend most of their day-time in schools, therefore an enabling environment in schools is an important factor for their health and well-being. Water-borne and water-related diseases may spread faster in schools where children gather hours in school-time with limited spaces and unhygienic conditions. Successful and effective WASH in Schools program is a determining factor for healthy life of school children and also for joyful learning.
In India, in accordance with the convention on the Rights of the child, every child's right to education is a fundamental principle to compulsory primary school education for all. Enabling environment in schools not only includes trained teachers and neat classrooms but it includes providing child friendly WASH facilities and hygiene education. Healthy life of children in schools include provision of separate functional toilets for boys and girls, handwashing facilities with soap and have safe drinking water throughout the day.
WASH in Schools program helps to realize the commitments on universal right to education and health; and to fulfill the agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Safe water, decent sanitation facilities and information on hygiene in Schools will definitely accelerate the momentum towards SDGs. Following are the observed results on WASH in Schools program in Kerala, India: a. Improved girls attendence in Schools b. Enabled school environment c. Reduction of water-borne and water-related diseases. d. Open defecation free environment e. Improved MHM in schools f. Improved handwashing habits in schools as well as their families
FANSA-INDIA, Union and States Governments, PRIs, Schools, PTAs, Local Self Governments, NGOs, CSR Partners
SDGS & Targets
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Degree of integrated water resources management
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
periodic monitoring reports will be available along with new IEC Materials.
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