The www.washinschoolsmapping.com website is gaining further momentum. It is time to update the website with more information; get new countries represented on the site and provide updates for the countries that are already there. There are currently 40 countries represented on the site and your input in shaping the site is welcome. The site serves as a repository for WinS activities worldwide and includes WinS experiences from UNICEF as well as its partners. We expect coordinated inputs from each country. If you would like to contribute to this process, please coordinate with relevant UNICEF offices in the countries you are working.
Our partner, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) runs and manages the mapping website as part of the Raising Clean Hands movement.
They are working to add new pages to the site:
I hope you will find the site useful. Thanks for joining us in raising the profile of WASH in Schools.
Advisor, WASH in Schools WASH Section
Program Division UNICEF
Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities coupled with adaptation of hygienic practices ensures improved health of the people and protect them, particularly the children, from a number of water and sanitation related diseases including the most commonly occurring disease - diarrhea.
Schools are places where children actively stay for most of the day time and therefore for healthy and conducive learning environment, children need safe water for drinking and hand washing, and safe and friendly-to-use sanitation facilities.
Improved health and quality learning is not possible without adequate water and sanitation facilities in schools. School children who have no access to safe water and sanitation have more chances to suffer from water and sanitation related diseases.
Lack of safe water and sanitation facilities turn schools into unsafe places where diseases are transmitted with mutually reinforcing negative impacts on the children, their families, communities and overall development.