Toolkit on Hygiene, Sanitation & Water in Schools
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Worldwide, an estimated 72 percent of the primary school-age children attend school. In most developing countries, the sanitary and hygienic conditions at schools are often appalling, characterized by the absence of proper functioning water supply, sanitation and hand washing facilities.

Schools that lack access to basic water supply and sanitation services will have an increased incidence of major childhood illnesses among their students. Poor health is an important underlying factor for low school enrollment, absenteeism, poor classroom performance, and early school dropout.

Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water in Schools projects can create an enabling learning environment that contributes children's improved health, welfare, and learning performance. This Toolkit makes available information, resources, and tools that provide support to the preparation and implementation of Hygiene, Sanitation, and Water in Schools policies and projects.
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Why This Toolkit?
Background on school hygiene, sanitation and water

Basic Principles
Lessons learned, basic principles of hygiene, sanitation, and water in schools

Sector Assessment
Overview of opportunities and constraints in the school hygiene, sanitation, and water sector

Project Cycle
Developing a project, from promotion to evaluation

Background readings, tools, links, contacts, and glossary

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