A draft WASH policy, which is currently in the process of approval by the Cabinet of Ministers, covers school WASH and aims to provide access to improved water and sanitation services to all schools by 2016. Salient points as stated in the policy are highlighted as follows:
According to the School Health program survey conducted by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in 2009 for five states representing North Sudan, children in 79.4% of schools have access to water sources, which were ranked as good (11.7%), fair (53.7%), and poor (14%); while children in the remaining schools (30.6%) don’t have access to any water source. Khartoum state came to the top with 83% water coverage, while South Kordofan came at the bottom 50% coverage.
On the other hand, the same survey found that children in 82.4% of the schools have access to latrines, which were ranked as acceptable (29.4%) or poor (53%) quality, while those in the remaining schools (17.6%) don’t have access to any type of latrine. Khartoum state came at the top with 100% latrine coverage, while Sinnar State came at the bottom with 43% coverage.
UNICEF has supported the development of technical guidelines for the construction and management of School Latrine to be used by stakeholders involved in School WASH program.
Global Hand washing Day has been celebrated every year in North Sudan since 2008, in partnership with State level Ministry of Education, Water Environmental Sanitation Office under the State Water Corporation, Ministry of Health. UNICEF provided support in developing information, education, and communication materials on hand washing with soap. Last year, approximately 80,000 school children and teachers from 200 basic schools actively participated in 9 states.