The issue of school readiness is highly controversial one in the prosperous global north but it is worth sparing a thought for the day to day realities of a majority of the world’s children. Since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 29, 1) most of the nations of the world have agreed that all children have a right to education. But the education of children doesn’t begin when they start school, and it is important to recognise that the Right to education should extend to all children regardless of age. Global Handwashing Day 2011 on 15 October provides a good opportunity to show your commitment to the principle.
In 2010, over 200 million people were involved and over 700,000 schools celebrated Global Handwashing Day. This year we can do even better.