Raising Even More Clean Hands
Advancing health, learning and equity through WASH in schools
Fulfilling every child's right to water, sanitation and hygiene education remains a major challenge for policymakers, school administrators and communities in many countries. Although steady progress has been made to safeguard the well-being of schoolchildren, almost half of all schools in low-income countries still lack access to water and sanitation facilities. The lack of quality data on WASH in Schools coverage is a significant barrier to identifying children's needs, establishing and carrying out effective programmes, and monitoring progress. As policymakers, government representatives, citizens and parents, we all have a role in making sure that every child receives the benefits of WASH in Schools.
More than 60 organizations have joined together to renew their commitments and create a more cohesive group to support and advocate for WASH in Schools.
Because every child has the right to be in a school that provides safe water, sanitation and hygiene education, we call for renewed commitments to:
- Set minimum standards for WASH in Schools.
- Monitor WASH in Schools coverage through Education Management Information Systems (EMIS).
- Engage with at scale WASH in Schools programmes.
- Involve multiple stakeholders to support WASH in Schools programmes.
- Contribute evidence on the impact of WASH in Schools programmes.
- Raise the profile of WASH in Schools programmes.