7th WASH in Schools International Learning Exchange Resources


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Country Video Presentations

Country Update Block 1: Update on WASH in Schools

  • WASH in Schools implementation in Sri Lanka. Government of Sri Lanka implements WASH in Schools. The intervention consists of provision of Water, Sanitation, Handwashing facilities, including activities around hygiene promotion and Menstrual Hygiene Management.

  • WASH in Schools in Laos. In the last ten years, Lao Government has made a good progress in providing WASH in Schools facilities. However, there is still huge gaps and lot of things to be done at schools, like hygiene practice adoption and ensuring WASH facilities are well maintained and operated. The community and private sector involvement are crucial to support the schools in providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

  • Bangladesh: We Will Never Let WASH to Drop Out from Schools. Girls and boys testified about the benefit of having improved WASH condition in their schools. Government of Bangladesh has been providing WASH in Schools facilities, including facility for disable children. The main challenge is around maintenance and operation of the WASH facilities that has been built.

  • WASH in Schools in Papua New Guinea. In 2018, Department of Education launched Policy and Standard for WinS and National Quality Schools Standard Framework. Both are used as references and tools to improve WinS condition in Papua New Guinea. Although positive behavior changes, like handwashing with soap and Menstrual Hygiene Management, has been achieved in some pilot schools, geographical and financial challenges remain impede the progress nationwide.

  • WASH in School Implementation in Pakistan. Pakistan education statistic showed increase access to water and toilets at schools in Pakistan. However, challenges remain on the functionality and sustainability of the facilities. Pakistan modified the global three stars approach into national context. The focus is on peer learning, group handwashing with soap and adequate OM cost to sustain the functionality of WASH facility. WinS is mainstreamed into government planning, policy and agenda.

Country Update Block 2: MHM, Innovation, Inclusive WinS, intervention in minority area

  • Menstrual Hygiene Management in Afghanistan. Three strategies are prioritized by Ministry of Education to advance MHM:  capacity building, advocacy, and supporting WASH services in schools. Several achievements have been made such as the publication of MHM guidance for teacher and MHM comic book for students. However, there are challenges remains, for instance most schools do not have access to water, poor understanding on the specific need for girls, and lack of privacy and uncomfortable toilet for girls to manage menstruation hygienically at schools.

  • WASH in Schools in Timor Leste. UNICEF supported Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to develop WASH in Schools Costed Action Plan. This plan is used as reference by the Directorate of Education Infrastructure to provide WASH in Schools services throughout the countries, including inclusive WASH in Schools facilities.

  • Bhutan: Innovation on School Toilet Rehabilitation. In order to achieve SDGs target on WASH in Schools, Bhutan Toilet Organization (BTO) in collaboration with UNICEF support Ministry of Education of Bhutan to upgrade all school’s toilet with an innovative solution called SATO technology. SATO technology provides several benefits, such as safer sanitation facility, more efficient cost than to re-construct toilet, and lesser water usage. With this innovative approach it is expected that all of the schools could be equipped by safe sanitation facility in the next few years.

  • Progress and Challenges of WinS in Cambodia. WASH is included in the new inter-ministerial National Policy on School Health. WinS indicators also appear on the government Education Strategic Plan 2019-2023, This development has led to significant increase of budget allocation for WinS in 2020. Some specific intervention, such as inclusion of WASH in Schools, and specific design for WASH for Pre-schools.

                              7th WinS ILE Cambodia Country Update 

  • Myanmar: WinS in Kayin. The provision of WASH intervention in schools could change life of girls and boys. Since running water, comfortable toilets and handwashing facilities are exist on their schools, student do not have to fetch water to the schools, or do not need to do their “business” in the bushes again.

Country Update Block 3: Policy, Planning, Commitment, Data, Investment Scaling Up, and Institutionalization

  • Institutionalization of WinS in the Philippines. Department of Education issued WinS policy in 2016. The policy cover water, sanitation and solidwaste management, hygiene and food safety, health education and deworming. A monitoring system was established, followed by setting up operational standard that guide concrete action to achieve national standard on WinS.

  • India: High level commitment and collaboration. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a political commitment in 2014 that all of the schools in India should have a sex-separated toilet. This high-level political commitment has triggered a collaboration among government, development partners, communities and private sector to accelerate the provision of WASH facilities across the countries.

  • Indonesia: Data Driven WinS Investment. Indonesia has making a good progress in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene. WinS SDGs indicators are reflected on EMIS. Funding for construction, rehabilitation are available and ready to be requested by local government. Although investment for WinS is improving significantly, there are some challenges remain, such as huge Indonesia context in term of area covered.

  • Vietnam: Provision of 60,000 new School Sanitation Facilities. In 2018, Vietnam Prime Minister declared to end decades of smelly school latrine. As a result, between 2018 and 2019, Vietnam has allocated funding for provision of 60,000 WASH facilities across the country.

  • WASH in Schools Nepal. After implementing different approaches on sanitation and hygiene for schools’ settings, Government of Nepal initiated Three-star approach to WASH in Schools in 2016. Under the WASH in Schools approach, many positive changes happened at the schools, such as provision of WASH facilities for disabled children, ensure operation and maintenance, and MHM for girls. Challenges remains on the inadequate of funding for repair and construction of WASH facilities in remote areas and water scarcity locations.

  • WASH in Schools in Micronesia. WinS piloting in Chuuk and Pohnpei highlights the contribution to children behavioural change towards proper handwashing with soap. Despite of many challenges, the schools are encouraged to promote and strengthen interagency and intersectoral relationship and collaboration among teachers.


Day 5

  • 7th WinS ILE Event Highlights

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