Breaking barriers to girls' education in Chad.

In Chad, water, hygiene, and sanitation facilities help to keep girls and adolescents in school.

Francine Tchouta
An adolescent girl drinking water in the school yard
UNICEF CHAD/2021/Frank Dejongh
07 June 2021

In Chad's Logone Oriental Province, access to safe water and latrines was a major challenge for refugee, returnee, and indigenous pupils in the 42 schools targeted by the "Breaking Barriers to Girls' Education" project. Lack of water and toilets means poor hygiene and sanitation conditions, but above all, the difficulty of managing menstrual hygiene for young girls. Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and UNICEF, all this is now past.

"As a teacher, I am happy with the manuals and pictures boxes we received. In addition to the oral explanations, the pupils can see drawings illustrating the good practices on the picture boxes. It allows them have a better understanding before the practical explanations."


A teacher with a picture box, explaining his pupils what hygiene and sanitation is.
UNICEF CHAD/2021/Frank Dejongh
“The picture boxes made it easier for pupils to understand the hygiene rules to be applied at school and everywhere they go.”

In Goré, for example, schools and communities have been trained in the maintenance and proper use of hygiene and sanitation facilities. To ensure that the lessons are not just theoretical, 78 blocks with 3 latrine cubicles have been built in the schools, and materials such as soap and hand-washing facilities have also been made available.

In addition, to support children in this often-arduous task, more than a hundred primary and secondary school teachers received capacity building in hygiene education and menstrual hygiene management. These teachers in turn taught the adolescent students, using the modules, manuals, and teaching aids provided to them. 

In this photo report, let's take a tour of the Goré pilot school, a beneficiary of this project aimed at breaking down the barriers to girls' education.

A UNICEF staff, in a hand-washing demonstration to a girl pupil
UNICEF CHAD/2021/Frank Dejongh
After explanation, there is no better way than a hand-washing demonstration to the pupils, who imitate the gestures they are taught
A UNICEF staff, in a hand-washing demonstration to a girl pupil.
UNICEF CHAD/2021/Frank Dejongh
Now that they have latrines and hand-washing kits, there is nothing that will prevent pupils from respecting hygiene and sanitation rules. This pupil from is washing her hands after she has used the latrines at school.
An adolescent boy, washing his face in the playground of the school.
UNICEF CHAD/2021/Frank Dejongh
It is so hot! What a joy for this adolescent who can also refresh himself during the break.
An adolescent girl, smiling in the playground of the school.
UNICEF CHAD/2021/Frank Dejongh
Water, hygiene and sanitation facilities have not only brought new habits to the pupils of Pilot school of Goré. They have also brought smile to adolescent girls, who can now come to school during their menstruation period without being afraid.