Sanitation in schools is vital to keeping kids healthy and ultimately to securing a country’s future. Healthy children can concentrate at school, gain an education and ultimately start to break the cycle of poverty.
For example, School sanitation in India’s Alwar district increased girls’ enrolment by a third and improved academic performance for boys and girls by 25%.
Young women suffer disproportionately without access to clean toilets, which is why teenager Akanksha spent five years on a mission to get a toilet for each family in her village in western India. Why? So the girls would have better lives and brighter futures. Since getting toilets, more of her friends go to school and have fewer sick days.
The big issue here is one in three schools around the world don’t have access to a toilet either because there isn’t one, or the existing one can’t be used because it’s not operational or too filthy.
Domestos created its global school’s programme Cleaner Toilets Brighter Futures to help change this. Our programme gets unusable toilets clean and then applies the principles of behaviour change, working alongside janitors, teachers/principals and kids so they can learn the benefits of healthy hygiene habits and clean toilets, along with practical skills on how to keep them maintained and operational for the long term.
Domestos partners with NGOs, local governments and agencies in countries around the world including Vietnam, South Africa, Turkey, Romania, Poland, Iran, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Philippines, Czech Republic and Slovakia to give this programme global reach.
We are committed to changing people’s lives through improved sanitation. As part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, we have committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020.
In addition to our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan target, we are dedicated to supporting children by improving access to clean, safe toilets at school, and using education on hygiene and behaviour change to ensure they stay clean.