Enabling Policy Environment for Wash in Schools

Gambia GirlGambia does not have a specific national plan of action for WASH in schools, nor does it have a national budget allocated for WASH. However, WASH issues are integrated in the National Education Medium Term Strategic Plan 2012-20. In addition, the country has a number of alternative plans that addresses WASH in school: Programme for Improved Quality Standards in Schools, National Sanitation Strategic Plan, and Education Medium Term Strategic Plan 2013-2016 and Education Sector Strategic Plan 2013-2022.

The Ministry of Basic Education takes the overall lead in implementing WASH in Schools programming in Gambia. The Ministry of Health takes that lead in sanitation and hygiene promotion, while the Department of Water Resources is responsible for water facility provisions and quality monitoring.

TARUD, Concern Universal, Unicef, WHO, Ministry of Education, Department of Water Resources, UNICEF Peace Corps Volunteers, and Gambia Red Cross Society are all partners that assist Gambia in WASH in Schools programming.

Quality and Coverage of WASH in Schools Programming

WASH in Schools guides and toolkits are available and are being utilized throughout the country in WASH in Schools target areas.  In addition, the curriculum also provides enough space for hygiene promotion through the life skills program and the school health and nutrition unit creation including the Early Childhood Development programme.

To ensure success, Gambia now has a functional Educational Management Information System (EMIS) that monitors WASH in Schools access.  The EMIS only focuses on water supply.  It does not focus on sanitation.

Selected key quality and coverage metrics:

  • 65% of schools have access to sanitation facilities.
  • 20 – 30% of schools meet the official standard for pupils per latrine/toilet.
  • 70% of schools have access to an improved water source onsite throughout the year.
  • 5% of schools provide soap for hand washing on a daily basis


Organizations Working in Wash in Schools


Peace Corp


Red Cross

Concern Universal


Ministry of Education

Department of Water Resources