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Apply for the 2020 Ton Schouten Award for storytelling

Do you believe in the power of stories to inspire positive change? IRC is looking to support young communicators through the Ton Schouten Award for WASH Storytelling. Submit your applications or nominations by 8 May, 2020.

IRC has been organising the award since 2017, in memory of Ton who worked with IRC for 17 years and was a passionate WASH storyteller, filmmaker and a mentor to those he worked with. The Ton Schouten Award for WASH Storytelling aims to combine all these elements by targeting a specific group of young communicators (35 years of age or younger) within the WASH sector in low- and middle-income countries.

Mural in India

You can learn more and register on the IRC website

Pour le texte en français cliquez ici

Involving local communities for sustainable WASH in Schools

This IRC WASH Talk podcast episode discusses the creative solutions Simavi and Aqua for All use in Africa.

The importance of WASH in schools has been globally recognised by its inclusion in the SDG targets 4.a, 6.1 and 6.2. WASH coverage in schools is not adequate. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 53% of schools have limited drinking water services, 14% have limited sanitation services and 21% have basic hygiene services. (Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global baseline report 2018)

In episode 20 of WASH Talk, host Andy Narracott talks about WASH in schools with Linda Lilian, Knowledge Management and Learning Specialist at Simavi Uganda and Machtelt Oudenhuijzen, Senior Programme Manager at Aqua for All and lead of the Football for Water programme.

Linda is involved in the WASH and Learn! programme which Simavi is leading with six local partners in Kenya,Tanzania and Uganda. Linda shares examples on generating income to maintain facilities in schools, involving school leaders, communities, parents and children. Policies differ per country so context specific solutions need to be found. Machtelt as lead of Football for Water, a unique programme in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique, explains that it is difficult to motivate local stakeholders. Therefore, they advise on appropriate design, easy to clean facilities that are affordable and safe for children. Football for Water uses the game of football to instigate behaviour change in children and teaches them life skills.

For more on WASH in Schools click on the link

IRC WASH Symposium 2019: “All Systems Go!”

From 12 – 14 March 2019 IRC and partners will be hosting a symposium on building and strengthening strong systems to deliver safe and sustainable WASH services for everyone.

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Registration: early bird registration extended till 21 November 2018 – online registration

Call for Abstracts: deadline extended to 8 October 2018 – full call for abstracts

All information on the symposium web page