As there having a severe lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities affects all children, with girls of menstrual age being particularly affected, due to inadequate or often, a complete absence of private and clean sanitary facilities forcing the girls to miss school for up to one week each month.
The project “Improving the demand for, access to, and utilisation of improved WASH facilities and services using the School Led Total Sanitation approach as part of the Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Difficult and Hard-to-Reach Areas of Bangladesh” works to support the enabling environment in the school through the construction/rehabilitation of WASH facilities, as well as capacity building of
teachers, School Management Committees (SMCs) and government officials on the importance of the practice of key hygiene messages and their respective roles. In the community, a number of social mobilisation approaches will be carried out to create an awareness of the importance of the three key
messages complimented by efforts to increase the capacity of the local traders/mechanics to anticipate and deal with the increased demand for sustained access to safe water and improved sanitation.
Project Purpose: To increase the utilisation of improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and practice of key WASH behaviours using schools as entry points into the communities, through the
School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) approach.
Supported by: The Neatherlands Government, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Concern Universal Bangladesh (CUB);
Duration: November 2013 to February 2015;
Project Location: Khagrachari Sadar and Dighinala Upazila of Khagrachari Hill District.
Primary School Students- 9,692 (girls-4,741 and boys-4,951);
Secondary School Students- 6,505 (girls-3,222 and boys-3,282);
School Management Committees- 75 (Primary School- 59 and Secondary School16)
Community Members- 1,28,090 (from 75 school catchments around the schools)