WASH and Learn! and School Health Clubs

Updated - Tuesday 28 August 2018

Organizing School Health Clubs (SHCs) was a new initiative from the WASH & Learn! programme, implemented by one of the Simavi’s local partners, HEWASA in Uganda.

School health clubs were established with an aim to educate the children (8-15 years) on WASH knowledge and rights; to foster a change in the communal habits and thinking. Such clubs were established in the Rwiimi sub county of Uganda where four primary schools, St. John’s Nsongya, Kitere, Kakooga and Ntambi, participated in the programme. Students from lower to upper primary standards participated and in total thirty-five such clubs were established. Student training on topics ranging from personal hygiene, classroom hygiene and cleanliness in the school surroundings was conducted. They were informed about the importance of hygienic maintenance of facilities like latrines and rain water tanks to prevent the spread of infections. Interestingly, the students used the effective medium of poems and drama to spread awareness on WASH practices like handwashing with soap, water treatment using simple techniques such as SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection) amongst their peers and the school staff. Educational training was carried out by school teachers who were trained as patrons by HEWASA. Additionally, managerial assistance was provided by the School Management Committee, Parent Teachers Association, staff and administration of the school.

At the end of this successful exercise, the idea that children can serve as powerful advocates for promoting change in the community can be propagated.

About WASH and Learn!

The WASH and Learn! programme integrates community and school WASH projects in three adjacent countries in East Africa – Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Together with six local NGO partners, Simavi implements this programme, focusing on water supply and sanitation, and hygiene behaviour improvements.

Simavi continues to work with communities on creating a positive and enabling environment in which every stakeholder is active and ensures that people are using the WASH services properly.

More information on the WASH and Learn! programme can be found here.