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Improving Sanitation and Hygiene Practices among pupils of Ntunduu Primary School and local villages

According to the local authorities who keep statistics of accessibility of toilet facilities in educational institutions, the school in Ntunduu is in the worst situation of all schools in the Singida region. For 1380 students there are six toilets of very poor standard (three for boys and three for girls; there is no toilet for teachers). The primitive facilities in the form of holes in the ground, built by the local community, were meant to be a temporary solution and had no way of emptying. This resulted in overfilling of the toilets for boys, making them unfit for use.

The state of the toilets not only does not ensure hygienic conditions, but also poses a serious threat to health. It is also an obstacle to effective promotion of the principles of hygiene. The existing state of things is particularly hard on the girls – most of them decide to stay home during their menstruation period.

Despite the critical state of the sanitary infrastructure, the local administration does not plan any funding for new toilets in the nearest future. The School Committee and School Health Club operating in the school do not have adequate funds or skills to modernise the sanitary facilities.

Improving Sanitation and Hygiene Practices among pupils of Ntunduu Primary School and local villages

The major aim of the project is to ensure healthy and sanitary conditions of study at the school in Ntunduu and to improve the existing hygiene practices among the students as well as the local community – residents of the villages of Kinyeto, Minyaa, Mkimbii and Ntunduu, whose children attend the school.

The plan of operations includes renovation of the existing six toilets and the construction of 46 new toilets, including two adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities (separate for boys and for girls). In order to lower absenteeism of girls due to menstruation, a changing room and incinerating facility will be provided, to enable girls to change and utilise hygienic means in a comfortable and discrete manner.

An important element of the project will be a training session for members of the School Committee on how to properly fulfil obligations concerning sanitary conditions and school hygiene, and also assistance in the creation and implementation of a mechanism to monitor the use and maintenance of the sanitary facilities. Members of the School Health Club will take part in training on how to maintain healthy and hygienic conditions in the school and will receive support for the development of their own educational initiatives.

The activities devoted to hygiene, planned at the school as well as in each of the surrounding villages, will be attended by the students and at least 2,000 members of the local community.