Published in: 2022
J. Ward, E. Rand (UNICEF Vanuatu)
Social media has become a surprisingly useful and effective tool in advancing Vanuatu’s national WASH in Schools (WinS) program. In late 2019, Vanuatu’s Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) created the WASH in Schools Vanuatu - WOSH insaet long ol Skul Vanuatu Facebook group as a tool for schools to showcase their WASH activities. With increasing access to low-cost or free Facebook data and internet coverage in Vanuatu, the WinS Vanuatu Facebook group has since evolved into a tool of diverse applications including contractor monitoring, announcements, knowledge sharing, program feedback, reporting, emergency response assessments, program monitoring and general WinS related communications. It has been transformational in scaling-up WASH in schools in Vanuatu where a pilot project in Penama province with 78 schools and 120 ECCE centres resulted in a 104% increase in average three-star indicator1 ratings from 2019 to 2020.
J. Ward, E. Rand (UNICEF Vanuatu) (2022). Innovative Use of Social Media Taking WASH in Schools to Scale in Vanuatu. UNICEF
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