Resilient schools: innovations to reach adequate WASH services for all
Lack of access to adequate and resilient WASH services can lower school attendance and educational achievements (WHO, 2022). For students who menstruate, it also impacts menstrual hygiene management (MHM), aggravating inequality and increasing gender gaps. Achieving universal access to WASH services involves the need for WASH also in learning centers, as targeted in SDG 4a, 6.1 and 6.2.
In this session, participants will learn how innovative interventions can improve access to safe and resilient WASH services in learning centers, by showcasing successful experiences in Latin America. Case studies will be presented on innovative interventions in three areas: infrastructure, social systems and school management. For the first one, a solution for decentralized sanitation in flooding areas implemented in the Brazilian Amazonia will be presented. For the second one, the process that ended in the development of contingency plans in schools from indigenous perspectives in rural learning centers in Paraguay and Bolivia will be shared. In the third case, we will hear how Mexico integrated in two subnational states the national legislation that set the mandatory provision of free menstrual hygiene supplies at schools, funded in a first ever national study on perceptions and taboos about menstrual hygiene.
Location: Room C1 and online