A coalition of international organisations led by UNICEF is launching a Call to Action on WASH in Schools. The official launch takes place on 3–6 April 2010 at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference (DIHAD).
This Call to Action coalition includes CARE, Dubai Cares, Emory University Center for Global Safe Water, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Save the Children, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Water Advocates, WaterAid, Water For People and the World Health Organization (WHO). It calls on decision-makers to increase investments and on concerned stakeholders to plan and act in cooperation – so that all children go to a school with child-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The campaign is promoting five key messages:
- Children’s health improves with WASH in Schools
- WASH in Schools increases attendance and cognitive development
- Improving WASH in Schools is achievable
- Students are agents of change in their communities
- WASH in Schools promotes gender equality
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