Sierra Leone

Enabling Policy Environment for Wash in Schools

In 2008, the Behaviour Change Consortium was established with three task forces: CLTS Task Force, SSHE/SLTS Task Force and Advocacy Task Force. SSHE/SLTS Task Force meetings are held bi-monthly to harmonize implementation methodologies and to exchange experiences among implementing partners.

UK Aid, Dubai Cares and Netherlands National Committee for UNICEF are currently the major donors for WASH in Schools.

UNICEF, Plan Sierra Leone and local NGOs are key partners for WASH in Schools.


Quality and Coverage of WASH in Schools Programming

sierra-coverageSince 2009, UNICEF has supported the development of the SSHE toolkit to promote hygiene education in participatory manner. The SSHE toolkit incorporates key messages into a set of facilitators’ handbook, manuals, playing cards, posters and games. The SSHE toolkit is a result of the combined efforts of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), UNICEF and SSHE/SLTS Task Force members. The developed SSHE toolkit is currently being printed offshore.

In 2009, the MEST developed the minimum standards and standard construction plans for child friendly WASH facilities in schools. In 2010 and 2011, all members of WASH task forces received training sessions in MEST standard child friendly WASH facilities.

In 2010, a training for all WASH in Schools partners in SSHE and SLTS was conducted. In 2010, StatWASH was launched to capture the WASH data in schools, health care facilities and communities. The data is in process of analysis for planning and advocacy purposes. UNICEF has supported WASH in Schools project in seven districts out of 14 in convergence with CLTS project and WASH in health care facilities.


Organizations Working in Wash in Schools


Dubai Cares

Plan Sierra Leone

UK Aid