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Global Handwashing Day – 15th October 2011

The death of more than 1.5 million children under five every year is directly caused by poor hygiene and lack of access to water and sanitation. Global Handwashing Day provides a valuable focus for learning activities for all children. It also provides a crucial focus for drawing public attention to the wider issues and for international fund raising (WftS_rationale.

OMEP is developing new Education for Sustainable Development resources for preschools that will include materials to support a range of Wash from the Start projects. On the internet you can already find masses of ideas for activities, videos and reports from around the world showing young children and communities working together to solve these problems of hygiene awareness, water supply and sanitation.

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  1. Following the meeting in Den Haag the Wash in Schools Framework for Action includes:
    Key Message 3: Involve Multiple Stakeholders in the cooperative plans and actions that sustain WASH in Schools
    • Recognizing that in addition to WASH in primary schools, adequate WASH is critically important for children below the primary school age. The challenge of how to take into account pre-school children (between 0-5, WASH from the Start) deserves attention at national and international levels.
    • Exploring the involvement of and collaboration with other initiatives such as Global Handwashing Day , WASH United, Sanitation and Water for All, the UNSGAB Five Year Drive and others.
    • Continuing to encourage the potential involvement of the private sector, the early childhood development sector (pre-school, kindergartens), faith based organizations, and other development sectors in the areas of nutrition, health, education, working in linkage with WASH in Schools.
    • Supporting partnerships between donors, government, NGOs, the private sector and communities and their schools. This also entails focusing more on effective private-public partnership which can help to carry out WASH in Schools programmes and reach the poorest.
    • Creating linkages between schools and communities so as to reach all children in/out of school.
    IRC, UNICEF and WASH in Schools Partners, The Hague, Netherlands, 24th – 25th May 2011, Meeting Report: http://www.washinschools.info/page/1085

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