Uganda First Lady calls for more funding for WASH in schools (New Vision)

The Minister of Education and Sports, also the First Lady, Janet Kataha Museveni has called for more funding to go towards water, sanitation and hygiene(WASH) in schools to ensure the safety of learners.

Mrs Museveni who was represented by the education state minister, Moricu Kaducu, at the WASH symposium in Kampala on Monday said the latest reports had indicated that several schools did not have enough sanitation facilities such as latrines.

“The most recent study on WASH in schools is the School Microplanning Handbook (2019). Overall access to water was 58% and 73% for primary and secondary schools respectively. About 42% of primary schools and 27% of secondary schools do not have access to safe water,” Mrs Museveni said.

She added that water is an indispensable input in prevention of disease transmission and “in the post-COVID-19 lockdown period, it is needed for all schools to be able to meet the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures.”

The symposium, which was organized by the ministries of water, education Uganda Parliamentary Forum on WASH, UNICEF, UNHCR, GIZ, Save the Children, Plan International, CIDI, Water 4 People, Water for Life, UWASNET, BRAC, AMREF, WaterAid, Peace and Evidence Action run under the theme, Re-imagining water, sanitation and hygiene services: leaving no children behind.

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