Today is World Water Day.
On this day, we want to draw attention to the critical importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities at schools for learners, especially for girls of menstruating age.
Menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of school girls and an important part of basic hygiene and sanitation, ensuring girls’ safe and healthy participation at school.
Many school girls in South Sudan do not have access to basic WASH facilities, placing their health and wellbeing at risk and leading to a higher chance of school dropout.
Our newly published WASH research details the functionality and accessibility to WASH facilities in schools across all ten states of South Sudan.
It is hoped that the findings will help the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), GESS and education partners to prepare for schools to safely reopen after COVID-19-related school closures, with the barriers to girls’ education placed at the core so that we can ‘build back better’ and more equitably.
Read the WASH report, here.Tags: Build back better, Covid-19, Development, education, FCDO, GESS, girls' education, Global Affairs Canada, South Sudan, UKaid, World Water Day