UNICEF and Rotary Club of Banjul sign agreement to improve water and sanitation in schools

The partnership will also help strengthen the national child protection system and protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation.

Gloria Momoh
UNICEF Deputy Rep and Rotary Club of Banjul President hold up MOU after signing
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12 August 2021

UNICEF and the Rotary Club of Banjul signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure in schools and create a safe learning environment for children. Both organizations are also committed to joint advocacy and awareness raising to end open defecation and violence against children in the country and respond to children's needs and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic.

The partnership aligns well with UNICEF’s goal of ensuring women and children have improved and equitable access to and utilize safe drinking water and sanitation services and adopt improved hygiene practices and behaviours, and a well-equipped child protection system to minimize and respond to violence against children.

“We hope to deepen this partnership and expand each of the areas of collaboration identified in the strategy to encompass additional areas for development and cooperation," said Toshiko Takashi, UNICEF The Gambia Deputy Representative.

UNICEF and Rotary have a long history of collaboration globally, including raising US$1.8 billion to the global polio eradication initiative since 1988. As members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, both Rotary and UNICEF have played a key role in dramatically reducing the number of polio endemic countries. Wild polio is no longer in Africa as of August 2020.

The Gambia has a youthful population, with more than 63% below 25 years. Children’s and women's needs are enormous and require concerted efforts to deliver sustainable results and change. The Rotary Club's vast network of members across different sectors of the society and the economy, including political, community and religious leaders, provides a unique platform to support the amplification of UNICEF's advocacy and initiatives for children’s and women's rights.

UNICEF is committed to ensuring that the rights of children everywhere – irrespective of their race, gender, colour, religion or situation – are protected, promoted, and fulfilled.