Published in: 2011
WASH in Schools aims to support the provision of safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities, and promotes lifelong health for children and their families. Ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in every school for every child can be a huge challenge, especially during emergencies. When disaster strikes, education is often disrupted as families become primarily focused on survival. Schools become shelters for large numbers of displaced people, putting additional pressure on physically damaged buildings and facilities. Ensuring schools can reopen with adequate WASH facilities is an essential part of recovery. Returning to school or participating in activities in a child-friendly learning space during an emergency marks the re-establishment of routines for children, with many also gaining their first experience of formal education. Schools are an important place to access basic water and sanitation services and learn about hygiene practices. This guidebook is a resource for those involved in teaching and working with children in emergency preparedness, during an emergency and throughout the recovery period. It provides simple strategies for use and adaptation with all children and families to ensure a smooth and healthy transition to a healthy and accessible learning environment.
Sahin, M. (2011). Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for School Children in Emergencies. A Guidebook for Teachers. UNICEF.. UNICEF
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