It is estimated that over 620 million children worldwide, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to basic sanitation services in school. We are investing in brand new sanitation facilities at Kisimenyi Primary School which will include VIP latrines and urinals, a girls' washroom and, for the first time at the school, proper hand-washing facilities.
Kisimenyi Primary is not currently able to provide basic WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) services to its pupils. The current toilet facilities are coming towards the end of their usable life and are no longer fit for purpose. Additionally, there is lack of an appropriate space where adolescent girls can manage their periods safely, in privacy and with dignity, which research shows can discourage them from attending school and from completing their education.
The new facilities will include dedicated Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines for both girls' and boys'. Both facilities will be partitioned for upper and lower primary pupils and the boys' block will include two urinal spaces and the girls' block a small washroom space with running water. Adjacent to the toilets will be a unisex handwashing facility.
There is a well-founded link between the availability, accessibility and standard of toilets in schools and the health and well-being of children. Indeed, global education for all strategies highlight how WASH projects in schools improve access to education and learning outcomes, particularly for girls, by providing a safe, inclusive and equitable learning environment for all.