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June 13, 2013

Link of the week – 13 June

Filed under: Advocacy,Equity and inclusion,Link of the week,school sanitation — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

Toilets are as important as notebooks and Pens

We all know that how important are books and pens at schools. But, the importance of toilet is rarely discussed. As working in WASH, we have seen that the availability of toilet in schools determines the number of students (especially girls) willing to study there. In this context, an article written by WaterAid Nepal’s Equity and Inclusion Consultant in today’s issue of Kantipur National Daily titled “कापी-कलम जत्तिकै शौचालय” (Toilets are as important as notebooks and Pens).

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August 17, 2011

School sanitation campaign in Nepal

WaterAid in Nepal marked the launch of its school sanitation campaign, with the opening of a photo exhibition, School Sanitation: The Neglected Development Link. The exhibition features striking images by press photographers in Nepal, illustrating the effect of sanitation on the lives of school children across Kathmandu valley. It is inagurated by four years old Bunu Nepal at 3pm on 11 August at the Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu.

According to Nepal government policy, schools must ensure one toilet for every 50 students. However WaterAid’s analysis shows that the average school toilet serves 127 students, nearly three times as many as the government recommends.  Of Nepal’s 28,000 community schools, only 18,000 have toilets – with only 5580 providing separate toilets for girls.

Every year in Nepal, 10,500 children under the age of five die due to sanitation and drinking water related diseases – more than half of which are girls. Every month teenage girls risk missing several days of class during their menstrual period or, worse, dropping out of school altogether because of a lack of toilet facilities, further entrenching the barriers caused by gender inequality.  It is estimated that nearly two million female students have no access to toilets in school.

WaterAid called on immediate action to be taken to provide separate toilets for girls and boys in schools which are also accessible for disabled students and include facilities to enable girls to hygienically manage their menstruation.

Related links:

News on WaterAid’s Nepal web site

Multimedia presentation on youtube

Media coverage
The Rising Nepal (TRN-7.pdf)
The Himalayan Times

Republica photo feature – 19 August 2011 (please view middle pages 8 – 9)

Republica – public comment on the photo feature – 20 August 2011 (please view page number 6)

August 11, 2011

A photo exhibition – school sanitation: the neglected development link

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