Water Sanitation and Hygiene in School
Unnati Sansthan is Creating Enabling Environment for Children through Equitable Access and Use of School WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) in the Tribal areas of Girwa and Kherwara blocks of Udaipur District Under Right to Education Act (RTE, 2009) envisages provision of safe drinking water in the school and every school having separate toilet for boys and girls. It is expected that all the primary schools get sanitation and water facilities and they use it properly. Health and education are basic rights of children emphasized by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Improper WASH facilities and practices result in hygiene-related diseases in children, particularly in low- and middle income countries and deprived communities worldwide. Diseases such as diarrhea, intestinal worms, respiratory infections and tooth decay are widespread and can result in school absenteeism, increased drop-out rates and impact on children’s physical and cognitive development as well as educational attainment. The lack of adequate gender-segregated and private toilet and washing facilities in schools can also have an impact on school performance and attendance, particularly among girls. A UNICEF study in 2009 revealed that almost half of all schools in India lacks hand washing facilities and only one in tenth schools have soap available for hand washing before the mid-day meal. Unnati Sansthan is closely working on Hardware and software activities on WASH in schools and in communities.
- Creating Awareness on water & hygiene practices in school.
- Strengthening child cabinets on wash.
- Empower and strengthening SMC on WASH.
- Motivating children to use toilets in school.
- Supporting the provision of safe drinking water & improved sanitation facilities of children friendly in Aaganwadies.
- District and state level advocacy.
- Installing of Group hand washing station.