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WASH in Schools: What next, after 100% coverage?

On 15th August 2015, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD), Government of India, announced all schools in the country had toilets. In just a matter of months, nearly half a million toilets were made to reach the magical figure. A year before, the onus of ensuring adequate water and sanitation facilities, and imparting hygiene education, in schools had been shifted completely to MoHRD from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS). This was to streamline WASH in Schools, fix responsibility and ensure resources.

Under the Swacch Vidyalaya (SV) programme, 417,796 toilets were made or fixed in a year

Of this, were new toilets 266,017; the rest were dysfunctional that needed to be fixed. There are a total of 1,448,712 schools in India. Private companies, according to the SV website, built 3416 toilets while public sector companies made 141636. Most work was to be done by the government. However, it seems private sector engagement has been under-reported as a perusal of the websites of companies that have implemented WASH in Schools (WinS) shows much higher figures; some of them do not figure on the SV website.

However, independent verifications of MoHRD’s claims[1] have shown there are still ‘uncovered’ schools. The largest study in 2016 by Pratham, an NGO working on education issues, shows even in 2016 3.5% schools did not have a toilet, and 27.8% were unusable[2]. The blind-spots are handwashing stations, the quality and frequency of hygiene education imparted to children and menstrual hygiene management facilities and education.

Against this background, the India Sanitation Coalition will hold a thematic online discussion about WASH in Schools in India. The discussion will run from 4 September – 23 September 2017 on the SuSanA Discussion Forum.

This discussion seeks your inputs on how to take WinS to an acceptable level where boys and girls have separate and adequate toilets, hand-washing facilities, hygiene is addressed in schools, and adolescent girls have usable menstrual hygiene facilities.

The issues we would seek your inputs on are:

  1. Discussion kick-off featuring two case stories from the Hindi Water Portal: What innovations have you come across in WinS by the government, companies or NGOs that are worth emulating? Mahesh Nathan from World Vision India will lead this topic (4 – 8 September)
  2. How has shifting the responsibility for WinS to MoHRD affected the condition of facilities and hygiene? What challenges remain and how can they be overcome? Arundhati Muralidharan, WaterAid, will lead this topic (9 – 13 September)
  3. How can companies contribute to WinS? What are examples of successful WASH contributions by companies? (14-18 September)
  4. Is the current monitoring system under DISE adequate and how can it be improved and tied to the SDGs? Srinivas Chary from the Administrative Staff College of India will lead this topic (19 – 23 September)

During the discussion, regular summaries of forum entries will be posted to keep you updated on our conversation. Coordination will be done by Nitya Jacob (SuSanA India Chapter Coordinator).

To join the discussion, follow: http://bit.ly/2xa7Ccq

And to read the first contribution by Mahesh Nathan, click on: http://bit.ly/2eGy05O

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[1] Studies by various development agencies and newspaper reports on status of WiNS that have indicated a large percentage of the surveyed toilets are dysfunctional even though most schools have toilets. Handwashing facilities are largely absent

[2] Annual State of Education Report, 2016. ASER Centre, Pratham, New Delhi.

Call for Projects – SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA

Announcement of the competition

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The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is inviting applications for the Sustainable Sanitation Project Prize for the MENA region.

In order to engage, support and promote actors who are successfully working in the field of sustainable sanitation, the Regional Chapter MENA of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance is looking for sanitation project examples that can serve as important learning cases and upscaling models throughout the region. Those will be presented on the Webportal of the worldwide active SuSanA network, enabling promoting and networking – within the MENA region and beyond.

Applicants shall be willing to share information about their project and be motivated to get engaged in the SuSanA community, it’s activities and a joint promotion of sustainable sanitation in the MENA region. The Sustainable Sanitation Project Prize will be awarded to two winners, who will be funded to present their project idea in context of the Stockholm World Water Week 2017 in August in Sweden.

The competition begins at June 1, 2017. The deadline for applications is July 2, 2017, 11.59pm UTC. To download the application form and the terms and conditions of the competition please follow this link: https://goo.gl/VUnIii 

Complete application forms shall be send to info@susana.org.

Post your comments and questions here

And join our discussion about sanitation systems and technologies in the MENA region here

 

يدعوكم ائتلاف الصرف الصحي المستدام SuSanA إلى التقدم للحصول على “جائزة مشروع الصرف الصحي المستدام بمنطة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

 

من أجل دعم وتعزيز الأشخاص الفاعلين الذين يعملون بنجاح في مجال الصرف الصحي المستدام، فإن ائتلاف الصرف الصحي المستدام فرع الشرق الأوسط يبحث عن نماذج مشروعات الصرف الصحي التي تعرض نماذج ناجحة للتعلم والتي لها قابلية للتعميم في المنطقة. وسوف يتم عرض هذه النماذج على شبكة الائتلاف العالمية، وذلك لتعزيز التواصل والتسويق في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وغيرها.

 

يجب على المتقدمين أن يشاركوا معلومات عن مشروعاتهم وأن يكونوا مستعدين للمشاركة بفاعلية في ائتلاف الصرف الصحي المستدام SuSanA، وأنشتطته، وأن يدعموا التسويق لمبدأ الصرف الصحي المستدام بمنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. جائزة مشروع الصرف الصحي المستدام سوف تُمنح لشخصين، وذلك لتمثيل فكرة مشروعهما في أسبوع المياه العالمي باستوكهولم 2017 في شهر أغسطس/آب بالسويد.

 

تبدأ المسابقة في 1 يونيو/حزيران 2017، وآخر موعد للتقديم هو 2 يوليو/تموز 2017 في تمام الساعة 11:59 مساءًا حسب التوقيت العالمي Universal Time Coordinated. لتحميل استمارة التقديم وشروط المسابقة من فضلك قم بزيارة هذا الرابط: https://goo.gl/VUnIii

 

طلبات التقديم لابد ان ترسل إلى  info@susana.org.

Join now – SuSanA online discussion “Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in MENA”

We are excited to announce the first thematic discussion of the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA on the topic of

 

“Applications of Sanitation Systems and Technologies in MENA”

The MENA region, in its diversity of countries and contexts, presents a great variety of sanitation challenges: increasing water consumption, sanitation lagging behind, water scarcity, weak institutional coordination, rapid population growth, rural areas left out, armed conflicts, refugee crisis…

Despite massive investments made in conventional sewered systems, large portions of the region’s population will remain unconnected for the next decades. Many utilities are struggling to operate and maintain properly the existing wastewater treatment infrastructure, and the responsibility for non-sewered areas, relying on onsite systems, is often not clearly or not at all allocated. For the sanitation coverage to become more inclusive, sustainable and reach the low- and middle-income areas, especially the rural areas, new alternatives must be considered.

By establishing a Regional Chapter MENA, SuSanA opens its knowledge pool and makes content relevant and adapted to the MENA context accessible for the Arabic and French speaking communities, for both professionals and students looking to advance sustainable sanitation in the Region.

In this thematic discussion – the first discussion to be held under the umbrella of the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA –  we will share our knowledge for tackling sanitation challenges in MENA, and discussing the best practices and applications of sanitation systems and technologies in the region.

 

Running for four weeks from Tuesday May 16 to Tuesday June 13 on the SuSanA online discussion forum, the discussion will look at the following areas:

Topic 1: Sanitation Systems Challenges in the MENA region

To join please visit: (https://goo.gl/V4fDRe)

Topic 2: How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA?

To join please visit: (https://goo.gl/yfMcED)

Topic 3: What are the key resources in Arabic in the field of Sanitation?

To join please visit: (https://goo.gl/278o7S)

Topic 4: What are the best sanitation practices and local solutions in MENA?

To join please visit: (https://goo.gl/J5G8EA)

During the discussion, regular summaries of forum entries will be posted to keep you updated on our conversation.

Coordination on behalf of the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA for this thematic discussion is carried out by Kareem Hassan  (Benaa Foundation). For any questions, please post on the forum or contact us directly at info@susana.org.

Kindly visit http://forum.susana.org/thematic-discussion-applications-of-sanitation-systems-and-technologies-in-the-mena-region to join our discussion. Everybody can view the discussion, but in order to make a post you have to be a registered SuSanA member. Register here (for free): http://www.susana.org/register

We look forward to your contributions and an enriching discussion on applications of sanitation systems and technologies in MENA

12th SuSanA Thematic Discussion: “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue”

While nowadays the topic of MHM is gaining more and more attention, it has widely been neglected in the past. SDG4 (education), SDG5 (gender equality) and SDG6 (water and sanitation) require female friendly sanitation facilities and available informational materials at schools around the globe.

Taking into account the magnitude of the population affected by issues around MHM, schools provide an ideal environment to reach girls as well as young women and to address taboos and misconceptions in a culturally sensitive manner.

The question, however, is how to approach the topic in a culturally sensitive manner?

Running for two weeks from today (March 27 until April 09) the discussion on the SuSanA forum will look at two areas:

Week 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM                                           Thematic Lead: Dr. Marni Sommer (Associate Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

 Week 2: Infrastructural barriers and how to monitor MHM            Thematic Lead: Thérèse Mahon (Regional Programme Manager South Asia, WaterAid)

During the discussion, regular summaries of forum entries will be posted to keep you updated on our conversation.

Coordination on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat for this thematic discussion will be carried out by Dr. Bella Monse, Jan Schlenk and Mintje Büürma. For any questions, you can post on the forum or contact us directly at info@susana.org.

To join the discussion, follow: http://bit.ly/2nZn4n6

And to read the first contribution by Marni Sommer, click on: http://bit.ly/2n9JLkv

SuSanA is turning 10 – Celebrate with us on 17 January 2017

SuSanA was born in January 2007 when a range of sanitation enthusiasts from various organisations met in Eschborn to coordinate their activities for the International Year of Sanitation. That’s almost 10 years ago and we cordially invite you to celebrate SuSanA’s anniversary with us!

Together with the SuSanA Core Group, key donors and partners, we will be looking back at SuSanA’s achievements and impact during the last 10 years and we will be reflecting on the way forward to discuss SuSanA’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

The Celebration Ceremony will be livestreamed and we cordially invite you to join us online!

The theme of the anniversary is: “10 years SuSanA: How the changed sanitation paradigm contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals”

With the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda, many of SuSanA’s positions are now on the highest political agenda; nonetheless the challenges ahead are huge.

During the celebration, the final draft of the updated SuSanA Vision Document “Contribution of Sustainable Sanitation to the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development” will be presented.

We invite you to watch the celebration online and to share your ideas, thoughts and comments on how SuSanA can positively contribute to the challenges ahead via the SuSanA Forum.

When: Tuesday, 17th January 2017, from 10:00 – 12:00 CET and 13:00-14:00 CET

Where: Via Skype for Business or via Skype Web App 

For more Information please visit the SuSanA Forum: http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-announcements-regarding-susana/20041-susana-is-turning-10–celebrate-with-us-on-17-january-2017
We look forward to meeting you online.

SuSanA Secretariat (Arne Panesar, Cecilia Rodrigues, Doreen Mbalo, Annkathrin Tempel, Antonio Seoane, Manuel Greulich and Martin Puszies)

23rd SuSanA Meeting in Chennai on 18 February 2017

We are pleased to announce the 23rd SuSanA meeting organised by the India Sanitation Coalition, Ecosan Services Foundation and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras together with the secretariat of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA).

The meeting will take place in Chennai, India on February 18 February 2017 at  IIT Madras, prior to the FSM4. It is complemented by a SuSanA WG 7 Meeting (WASH in Schools) and an Open Exchange Forum on 17 February 2017.

This meeting is the 2nd SuSanA meeting held in India and will be a great opportunity to meet and network with  SuSanA partners based in India.

To register for the SuSanA meeting click here. For further information about the outline and goals visit this link: http://www.susana.org/en/events/susana-meetings/2017/530-23rd-susana-meeting-chennai

If you have any questions or comments please post them on the SuSanA Forum:

http://forum.susana.org/component/kunena/232-susana-meetings/19761-23rd-susana-meeting-17-18-february-2017-registration-is-open-now

Looking forward to seeing you at the 23rd SuSanA meeting!

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance: Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) through the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has received a US $2.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the continued growth and development of SuSanA’s online knowledge-management and collaboration services.

“With this generous grant we will be able to enrich SuSanA’s services with the needs not only of our current active users but also potentially huge new user groups in the Global South and in the private sector as well – stakeholders who can play a pivotal role in scaling up sustainable sanitation access,” says Arno Rosemarin (SEI), project leader of this grant.

The project will be led by Stockholm Environment Institute and implemented by a consortium that includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), WaterAid and Oxfam, as well as specialized additional consultants.

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