Getting parents involved in monitoring water, sanitation and hygiene services at schools

Updated - Thursday 16 August 2012

Rural schools in Kenya struggle not only to provide, but to maintain access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The SWASH+ project trained parents to inspect school WASH facilities to increase accountability of school administrations for providing WASH services. Parents conducted walk-through inspections of the facilities, thus gaining a new awareness of school WASH conditions. The involvement of at least one parent volunteer made other parents more likely to personally sacrifice to supplement clean water for their children at school. Additional commitment from parents, school administrations, and government is needed to maintain and monitor school WASH.