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The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) serves in collaboration with the Call to Action for WASH-in-Schools Partnership which includes UNICEF and 25+ partnering organizations who work on WASH-in-Schools efforts. ARC worked with UNICEF and the Call to Action Partnership in gathering the global mapping data for this website and seeks to continue this effort with your help.  Success depends on all of us getting involved, so see below on what you can do to help.

ARC also has a Water Schools program in partnership with EMF (Ecological Management Foundation) in the Netherlands which seeks to have faith schools around the world participating in water and sanitation programs.

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Success Depends on You – A table of actions for stakeholders
Although governments, donors, international organizations and civil society may have the front-line role in efforts to accelerate the scaling up of WASH in Schools programmes, many other individuals and groups also have a stake in the success of the Call to Action for WASH in Schools campaign. The following stakeholders‟ involvement will determine the success of WASH in Schools programmes at various levels, thus it is crucial to outline their roles and responsibilities.
Household/People

As an individual within your household, you can

» Participate and contribute actively in WASH in Schools programmes.

» Encourage children to participate in life skills-based activities to change hygiene behaviour.

» Learn from children and improve hygiene behaviour, such as washing hands with soap after defecation and before eating, cooking and feeding young children.

» Monitor children's hygiene behaviours and teach them to improve their habits.

» Invest in a household toilet, hand washing with soap and point-of-use water treatment technology.

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Students

As a student or young community member, you can

» Participate actively in WASH in Schools programmes.

» Encourage peers to participate in life skills-based activities to change hygiene behaviour.

» Monitor hygiene behaviours of peers and help them improve their habits.

» Promote improved hygiene practices at home and within the community.

» Monitor use of WASH facilities, and keep them clean and well maintained.

» Explore alternative media for sharing your WASH in Schools experiences through the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

» Teach better hygiene practices to your brothers, sisters and friends.

» Interview children, parents, teachers and community leaders and record their experiences with WASH in Schools.

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Teachers

As a teacher, you can

» Teach children to use toilets properly and wash their hands with soap for a healthy life.

» Encourage children to share hygiene messages in their families and neighbourhoods.

» Ensure that students will consistently use, operate and maintain the school water and sanitation facilities.

» Encourage peer-to-peer interaction for sharing hygiene education messages, including correct use of toilets and need for cleanliness of sanitation facilities.

» Work with parents and PTAs to promote WASH in Schools.

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Religious Leaders

As a religious leader, you can

» Help congregants understand the health benefits of better water, sanitation and hygiene by describing the relationship between WASH-related diseases and children's health.

» Use moral authority to encourage behavioral change and theological input.

» Promote and encourage girl's education and regular attendance in school.

» Promote separate toilet facilities for girls and boys in schools.

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Political Leaders

As a politician, you can

» Lobby with government at various levels for WASH in Schools programmes.

» Speak in parliament, public forums, election meetings and seminars in favour of the programme to help build a favourable national policy environment. » Include WASH in Schools curricula and teacher training (including in-service) programmes in education sector funding and policy.

» Promote life skills-based approaches to behaviour change in schools as part of extra-curricula activities.

» Encourage ministries of education, health, water and finance as well as other sectors to collaborate for improved WASH in Schools.

» Promote gender equality through WASH in Schools by providing separate toilets for girls and boys, and by addressing menstrual hygiene management through school curricula.

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Media

As a member of the media, you can

» Build an environment in favour of WASH in Schools programmes through disseminating, writing and broadcasting success stories.

» Use baseline and impact data to convey to readers, viewers and listeners the benefits of WASH in Schools programmes.

» Interview children, parents, teachers and community leaders and record their experiences with WASH in Schools.

Donate funding to continue gathering global WASH-in-Schools data on this website. (see donate tab above)

Business People

» Ensure that school children get all the necessary health interventions, including deworming treatment, because a healthy child is most likely to become a healthy adult.

» Contribute to the installation of safe water and child-friendly sanitation facilities, including washstands, for boys and girls separately and ensure that soap is provided.

» "Adopt‟ a school or several schools by supporting WASH in Schools interventions.

Donate funding to continue gathering global WASH-in-Schools data on this website. (see donate tab above)

NGOs

As a non-governmental organization, you can

» Make WASH in Schools a priority programme in your organization’s agenda.

» Provide support to communities to understand the importance of WASH in Schools interventions.

» Ensure that children and young people participate in decisions and actions pertaining to water, sanitation and hygiene education for schools, to enable them to be agents of change in their homes and communities.

» Support water supply, sanitation, and hygiene interventions.

Donate funding to continue gathering global WASH-in-Schools data on this website. (see donate tab above)

School administrators and PTAs

» Allocate essential funding for operation and maintenance of WASH in Schools facilities and programmes.

» Ensure availability and use of soap at all times.

» Promote hygiene promotion on a regular basis

» Provide space for children and teachers to engage in hygiene promotion activities.

» Manage WASH in Schools facilities for long-term sustainability.

As a school administrator or member of a PTA, you can

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Communities

As a member of your community, you can

» Participate in WASH in Schools programmes and contribute labour or in-kind donations to installation of water and sanitation facilities, separate for boys and girls, in schools.

» Encourage PTAs to contribute to making soap always available in schools.

» Encourage families to send girls to school and ensure their regular attendance.

» Build consensus to eliminate open defecation for better health of children and all who are living in the community.

Donate funding to continue gathering global WASH-in-Schools data on this website. (see donate tab above)