Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is an important part of any school’s curriculum. Lack of WASH training and clean and maintained facilities poses health and environmental risks for students and communities. This universal issue can contribute to absenteeism, particularly for students in countries such as South Africa, where school girls are also responsible for taking care of siblings that fall ill.
At this outset, in South Africa, through the
To date, in partnership with WETCON Consulting and USAID, the program has conducted WASH and HIV/AIDS training in 45 schools across four provinces in South Africa, reaching 40,000 students. Educational materials also have been donated to the Department of Basic Education to be incorporated into the curriculum.
Tidimalong Primary School is one of those schools where the training was given. In a letter expressing their thoughts to The
The principal of Namo Primary School in Gauteng Province M.D. Mesolo, added, “We really appreciate the information shared with us and the knowledge we have gained and acquired. We are now Wise, Aware, Safe and Healthy.”
In Modilati Secondary School, a letter from the School Principal Mpofu S.M. stated, “The office of the principal and staff would like to thank all the parties involved from the bottom of our hearts for making the WASH program a success. The program was very educational, as it created a conducive atmosphere of learning within the school management, educators and professional support staff. It served as an eye-opener to the things we didn’t know.”
The trainings are part of a larger program; The
With the RAIN Water for Schools project,
RAIN Water for Schools will provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in 100 schools across South Africa benefiting approximately 50,000 students by August 30.