A school toilet refurbishment project in KwaZulu-Natal means that learners
no longer have to skip lessons because of poor hygiene and sanitation.
Child Sanitation: Domestos Restores School Toilets In South Africa
Unilever’s Domestos brand is working in partnership with the World Toilet
Organization to improve school sanitation and refurbish facilities at
schools in South Africa.
Research indicates that the provision of hygienic toilet facilities
contributes directly to the standard of education received by pupils. There
are more than 24,000 public schools in South Africa, but fewer than 8,000
of these schools have functioning, flushing toilets.
"Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection and one of
the problems that continues to keep many of our children out of school,"
says Sue Stringer, Domestos Marketing Director.
“Substandard toilet facilities result in absenteeism and especially girls
then struggle to complete the curriculum, resulting in missed lessons and
lower grades,” she adds.
Domestos’ School Project On Health And Hygiene: Sustainable Sanitation
The refurbishment scheme was launched in 2010 as part of Domestos’ global
campaign to raise public awareness about good hygiene and sanitation in
schools. Since then, five schools have received new toilets in
The pupils at Ekuthuleni Primary School are among the beneficiaries.
Pupils, parents and teachers are now committed to ensuring the facilities
remain clean and hygienic.
Find out more on:
Domestos South Africa Facebook site
It is constantly updated by supporters of the project, including South
African Idols finalist and avid ambassador Lloyd Cele.
The Importance Of Sanitation In Schools: Working Together To Change
Sue sums up by saying, “The Ekuthuleni project is a fine example of
business and education working together to change lives. Educators,
learners and parents have all been informed about toilet hygiene and the
school will continue with a proper maintenance plan to keep toilets clean.
As an international leader in home hygiene, Domestos is continually
committed to public awareness of good hygiene practices and this is another
way of delivering an important message and uplifting not only the schools,
but also the surrounding communities”.
Cleaner toilets, brighter future!