Water, sanitation and hygiene education in schools, WASH-in-Schools – is a program which provides safe drinking water, improves sanitation facilities and promotes good health outcomes. We have the pleasure to inform you that the Global Partnership for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools (WASH-in-Schools) is now a reality, supporting the common vision of a world where all children go to school and all schools provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment where children grow, learn and thrive.
Having come together to renew a global advocacy campaign for WASH-in-Schools, the 25+ partner organizations of the global partnership have forged a dedicated commitment for increased investment and a higher profile for WASH-in-Schools around the world, a common voice in advocacy, and the prioritization of key areas of WASH-in-Schools, seeking to support global WASH-in-Schools activities. This is an extraordinary task and opportunity to affect the lives and livelihoods of a vast swath of the earth’s population, emphasizing positive outcomes via the children.
Among the first tasks that we have undertaken is the creation of an interactive, user-friendly tool for identifying, inventorying, and creating maps which depict the many projects being carried out under auspices of WASH-in-Schools. As a result of consultations between many UNICEF partners, we have developed a plan for mapping the policy environments, quality, and outcomes from our WASH-in-Schools projects.
The primary audiences for the WASH-in-Schools web site are: professionals (both NGOs and government staff) working on WASH-in-Schools (repository, latest documents; guides, policies), school directors, teachers (“how to” guides, lesson plans), donors (interested in research information); and advocates (to find information they can re-package for policy makers).