School of Health
The project "School of Health – improvement of sanitary conditions and children's health in public schools of rural areas of Central and Nyaza regions" focuses on satisfying most basic and urgent sanitary and health related needs of 7,800 children and their 150 teachers at 10 primary schools in rural areas of Nyanza and Central regions in Kenya.
The problem of poor sanitary conditions in schools participating in the project is solved by applying a trifold approach:
- improvement of school sanitary infrastructure
- education campaigns on health and hygiene issues and change of attitudes among students, teachers and local communities; and also
- institutional strengthening and developing competencies of education institutions in the area of running independent projects on health education in their respective local communities.
In the year 2014 alone we are going to construct at least 60 toilets and 50 hand washing facilities at schools that have no or limited access to clean water and where existing toilets pose health hazard to the children. Along with the improvement of sanitary infrastructure, we are offering them institutional support by facilitating the formation of health committees with the goal of improving sanitary conditions and running educational initiatives around health, hygiene and sanitation. Schools participating in the project are also going to launch community outreach campaigns aiming at improvement of health and sanitary safety at their respective areas and in neighboring villages.
The project is implemented by Education Effect Africa in cooperation with Partners Poland Foundation and funded by the Polish development cooperation programme 2014 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.