Schools can be particularly good places to promote new sanitation, water use and hygiene practices. They offer ideal settings for education and sensitization, and children can be excellent “agents of change”, disseminating new ideas and practices to parents, friends and neighbours. Furthermore, lack of private hygiene facilities can be a factor stopping girls from going to school, especially during menustruation.
This pilot project in a rural school in India’s Bihar State constructed new sanitation and hygiene faciities for girls and boys, and provided education on personal hygiene and ecological sanitation (ecosan). It highlighted the need for sensitization on agricultural reuse of human excreta, and for long-term support, training and follow-up to build ownership and ensure that the facilities were properly maintained.
Support was provided under a three-year action-research project carried out collaboratively by SEI and the WASH Institute, India, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
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