Vietnam - School sanitation and hygiene education pilot will be scaled up

Updated - Monday 22 August 2016

Vietnam is one of six countries involved in a global Schools Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE) programme, in which local partners, UNICEF and IRC work together. The SSHE programme started in 2001/2001 in 20 primary schools in two districts, located in two separate provinces. The following year, it expanded to a further 30 schools in 15 districts in 15 provinces. All are in rural areas - urban schools generally have better infrastructure and greater educational capacities and resources. The pilot programme of combining improved sanitation was reviewed at the recent Second National SSHE Workshop, held in Hanoi, and it was decided to extend the programme to 300 schools by 2005, and include 265 "branch" schools. Branch schools are located in smaller villages, taking children from the age of six to nine, and are attached to a main school located in the main village of a commune.

Christine van Wijk, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Delft, the Netherlands, 2002

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