Support for Promotion of Fit for School Programmes

2011 - 2018 • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


To use existing structures in the education sector to improve school washing and sanitary facilities


The Regional Fit for School Programme works together with the Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and its Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH).

The programme uses existing structures in the education sector to improve school washing and sanitary facilities.
Recognizing the importance of School-based Management, the Fit for School approach strengthens the capacity of the education sector to implement simple evidence-based interventions such as handwashing with soap and toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste. Promoting these measures as group activities and integrating them into the daily routine of primary schools helps to address some of the most prevalent diseases among schoolchildren.

The approach is based on four core principles: simplicity, sustainability, scalability and system focus.
A WASH in Schools programme and its interventions must be grounded on the best possible evidence and should be cost-effective and simplified to facilitate implementation in the school context with little extra effort.
To ensure sustainability, long-term allocation of government human and financial resources is crucial. Close partnership with the parents and the local community is imperative in maximizing ownership, transparency and accountability.

Capitalizing on existing systems and resources is an essential strategy for scalability and sustainability. The approach works through the education sector, especially at the subnational level, to promote sustainable programme management and implementation within the local structures. Additional payments and monetary incentives are not part of the approach since they often lead to a collapse of activities as soon as the external funding ends.


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Fit for School approach

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Handwashing practice with teacher

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Girls brushing teeth

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Schoolchildren with drinking water

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Girl using WASHaLOT 3.0

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Deworming medication

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Improve the health and academic performance of primary school children in participating countries through the introduction of school health programmes.

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Nicole Siegmund
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Bella Monse
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Asia & Pacific Australian government Enabling environment and institutional strengthening German government Government-owned entity (not university or research) Rural areas Schools Technology comparisons WASH and nutrition

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Factsheet Fit For School_ENG

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