UNICEF scales up support for water, sanitation, and hygiene in Sinai schools
Helping students and teachers to stay healthy and safe as they return to school
UNICEF has scaled up its water, sanitation and hygiene support to the Ministry of Education and Technical Education ahead of school reopening with critical water and sanitation infrastructure projects to help keep students safe and healthy.
“Ensuring that children who are returning to learning have access to basic handwashing, clean water and proper sanitation are critical for the safe reopening and operations of schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jeremy Hopkins, Representative, UNICEF Egypt.
UNICEF has supported 94 schools in North Sinai, 25 schools in Ismailia governorate; as well as, 25 schools in South Sinai with improved water and sanitation facilities, as well as the provision of soap to create a safe learning environment for all students.
The UNICEF WASH in schools programme - designed to improve water and sanitation facilities in schools across the Sinai Peninsula - was urgently scaled up during recent months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quick maintenance projects were carried out in 144 schools to rehabilitate handwashing facilities.
UNICEF, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, provided training to educators in the respective directorates so that the expertise to prevent and control the transmission of COVID-19 is present at the school level.
UNICEF’s WASH in schools programme and scaled-up WASH COVID-19 response in the Sinai Peninsula, is part of the programme entitled “Integrated Education Services for Vulnerable and Marginalised Children in Egypt”.
The programme is funded by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, UNICEF, and in collaboration with the Egyptian Red Crescent.