PARTICIPATORY DEMAND CREATION IN LEARNING INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING DAY CARE CENTERS: WaSH in Schools
Health can be essential to educational success, though many children in the Philippines contract diseases due to poor WaSH practices. In the PhATS approach, learning institutions (schools and day care centers) are avenues to improve youth health and empower them to be messengers of change in their communities. This approach also develops capacity for Department of Education (DepEd) government counterparts in regards to WaSH learning.
WaSH in Schools (WinS) and Day Care Centers are implemented with a Three-Star Approach to support institutions in meeting minimum WaSH standards:
- DepEd School Based Management (SBM) manages and introduces the program with support from NGO partners providing students with access to soap and water for handwashing, safe drinking water, gender-separated toilets and functional washing facilities.
- Promote local investments and inter-sectoral collaboration and community involvement, including WaSH in School Improvement Plans and Annual Investment Plans.
- Encourage students to lead in daily WaSH activities and hygiene promotion to become messengers of change among peers, family and community.
The Department of Education (DepEd) School Based Management (SBM) is used as the main mode of implementation for managing and rolling out the program component. In addition, NGO partners are using schools as entry points for their intervention to ensure that children have access to soap and water for handwashing; safe water for drinking; gender segregated toilets; and access to functional washing facilities.
In line with the overall PhATS strategy, local investments are promoted as well as inter-sectoral collaboration and community involvement by including WaSH in School Improvement Plans and Annual Investment Plans. This helps schools prioritize WaSH by providing a pathway for meeting national standards.
Apart from improving WaSH infrastructures; children are encouraged to take the lead in daily WaSH activities and hygiene promotion aiming at empowering them to become messengers of change to their peers, parents, siblings and entire communities.