Enabling Policy Environment for Wash in Schools
Ethiopia has a national plan of action for WASH in Schools along with a national budget allocation for WASH in Schools programming. The Ministry of Education is the lead agency for implementation of WASH in Schools programming. The World Bank and the Government of the Netherlands are partners that assist in implementation of 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. To ensure success, Ethiopia now has a functional Educational Management Information System (EMIS) that monitors WASH in Schools access.
Selected key quality and coverage metrics:
- 2.7% of schools have access to sanitation facilities.
- 21% of schools meet the official standard for pupils per latrine/toilet.
- 31.4% of schools have access to an improved water source onsite throughout the year.
- 16% of schools meet the standard for pupils’ access to water for drinking and hygiene.
- 7% of schools provide soap for hand washing on a daily basis and 7% of schools meet the official standard for pupils per hand washing stand.
- Ethiopia has national standards for WASH in Schools. Several highlights of Ethiopia’s national standards include:
- The government standards for pupils per latrine/toilet and pupils per hand washing stand are the same—50 students to 1 latrine/toilet.
- The government standard for provision of water for drinking and hygiene per pupil per day at schools is 15 liters/pupil.