Bangladesh - School Sanitation: The Story of its Impact on One Village and its School

Updated - Tuesday 16 August 2016

Snel, Marielle and Rashid, SMA (2004)

This paper describes a water, sanitation (WatSan) and hygiene project in one remote Bangladeshi village together with a school sanitation and hygiene education (SSHE) component in the secondary school there. The village is located in the south-western part of Bangladesh. Because such programmes are about people.

SSHE can contribute to the well-being and performance of students - for example in helping to keep girls in school. Involving schools and students as community motivators is a powerful weapon in improving WatSan and hygiene practices. In Gava village, before-and-after studies show increased knowledge about related diseases, an increase in the construction and use of hygienic latrines, more use of safe drinking water and handwashing by heads of households. The process of motivation started from the top and continued to the bottom.


Now, the NGO Forum is moving from working in a few pilot villages to working in many more, each needing a programme approach. It is faced with two major issues. One is to refine the finances of such village projects so that maintenance becomes self-sustainable, and the other is to achieve the same impact in the many villages, but with the far fewer inputs that it can make available to each. Nevertheless there are great potential benefits from such programmes to the students of the schools and the communities they live in. Pilot projects such as this one in Gava demonstrate that the benefits are achievable.

The case study was abstracted from: Snel, M. (2004), "THE WORTH OF SCHOOL SANITATION AND HYGIENE EDUCATION (SSHE)", IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Delft, the Netherlands.

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