WaSH in Schools, Myanmar
(Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)
With support from 3P Learning and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NGO Cooperation Program (DFAT), UNICEF is ensuring children in Myanmar have access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities, including toilets and basins so they can stay healthy and keep learning.
Access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities reduces disease and parasites in children, keeping them healthy, happy and in school. The program will enable 190 primary and middle schools of Chin and Kachin States (16,000 children) to have improved access to safe water sources and sanitation facilities.
Often prior to working with UNICEF, schools won’t have bathrooms, they won’t have a space for girls to change sanitary items. It’s really powerful to see how the program makes a difference to their lives.
A 2010 School WaSH survey carried out by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Education found that less than 50% of schools have adequate hand washing facilities and only 25% have adequate toilets. In some communities, open defecation and poor hygiene practices remain common, spreading disease and parasites in children. This means they get sick more often, miss out on school, and their parents need to take time off work to care for them, losing much needed income.