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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

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.

    Expected Impact

    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 

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    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    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


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    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


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    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

    periodic monitoring reports will be available along with new IEC Materials.

    Financing (in USD)
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    01 September 2023 (start date)
    01 October 2028 (date of completion)
    Centre for Community Health Research (CCHR), India
    1. Asia and Pacific
    Geographical coverage
    Ten Indian States
    Other beneficiaries

    Children in Schools and their families

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    Contact Information

    ROY, Executive Director