WaterAid's Advocacy Success: MoE circular on improved sanitation facilities in schools

25 Jun 2015

Ministry of Education of GoB has issued a circular on Wednesday (24 June 2015) ordering decent sanitation facilities in every secondary and higher secondary schools, colleges and madrasas. One of the key points there is ‘separate toilets for girls with provision MHM facilities’.

Referring the ‘Bangladesh National Hygiene Baseline Survey 2014’ by WaterAid in association with PSU and icddr,b the circular sees some clear instruction on a few issue that we are advocating for long time. Some of them are-

• separate toilets for girls with provision MHM facilities

• provision of toilet for person with disability

• ensure availability of water and soap in toilet

• SMC and teachers to ensure cleanliness of school toilets

• constant monitoring of health, education department and local administration

In December 2014 WaterAid Bangladesh in collaboration with Campaign For Popular Education (CAMPE), the Daily Prothom Alo and SHARE Research Consortium organised a roundtable on School Sanitation based on the dismal findings of the national hygiene baseline. The purpose of the roundtable was to explore solutions to help improve the situation.

Mr Md Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Education and National Project Director, A2I Program graced the roundtable as the Chief Guest. Rasheda K. Choudhury, former Adviser-GoB & ED, CAMPE chaired the event. In the roundtable the Education Secretary committed to issue a circular on describing the modalities to improve and sustain hygienic sanitation facilities for secondary and higher secondary level education institutions based on the recommendations of the roundtable.

We gratefully acknowledge and thank the Ministry of Education for issuing the circular and especially thank the Secretary Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Khan for considering the recommendations and taking actions on them. 

Now it needs spreading of the circular and ensure associated action informing the educational institutions, orienting SMCs and teacher do take it forward by all the development actors. With our collective efforts and follow up of the implementation, we hope, the WASH situation in education institutes will improve and especially benefit our female students.