WASH in schools programme improves access to water and sanitation and promotes improved hygiene behaviors for positive impacts on health and development. as a means of improving the health of children and contributing to a clean and healthy learning environment.

“The County Government of Kakamega takes special recognition of the financial support from The Royal Government of Thailand in collaboration with UN-Habitat to address sanitation and hygiene challenges in our schools”

Mrs Ebby Kavai, Minister Education, Kakamega County

Over
1 million
school children and teaching fraternity benefit from WASH interventions
Over
300
health clubs established in schools

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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In the last 15 years, we have developed tools to assist policy makers and practitioners develop strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation. These include a publication of a Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation (http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/COHRE-Manua…) with the Centre for Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and other partners, a Fact Sheet on the Right to Water and Sanitation

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The programme has involved both male and female to participate in the project conceptualization to implementation. Beneficiaries are women, children, men, and youth.

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Design for sanitation facilities are child-friendly, Youth has taken a prominent role in participating in by working as casuals in the project implementation where physical works are involved.

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School toilet blocks with handwashing and facilities for children with physical disabilities have been incorporated in the WASH programme

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Donors and partners

The success of the programme is a result of children and parents who are WASH champions and carry good practice back home to the households. UN-Habitat identifies school project team and health club patrons who are trained, they participate in every aspect of the project and empowered for the sustainability of the project.

Partners
Royal Kingdom of Thailand
County Government of Kakamega

Our Experts

Pireh Otieno
Water and Sanitation unit
UN-Habitat