A new partnership initiative launched to support schools in improving water, sanitation and hygiene conditions
Tbilisi, Georgia. 4 December, 2020. Children will benefit from improved water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in schools thanks to the partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UNICEF Georgia. The project will be implemented jointly by UNICEF and UNHCR.
The agreement was signed today by the two agencies with the overall goal to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for children in schools in an effort to support the safe reopening of schools and a safe learning environment for children.
"We need to ensure that children have access to adequate water and hygiene conditions at schools. This is especially crucial now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic." - Ghassan Khalil
“We need to ensure that children have access to adequate water and hygiene conditions at schools. This is especially crucial now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “We continue supporting the schools of Georgia in improving necessary facilities and creating a safe learning environment for every child. We thank the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for their commitment to achieve this common goal.”
"Switzerland will provide technical expertise as well as financial support for better learning environment for children." - Danielle Meuwly
“Switzerland takes pride in this new cooperation with UNICEF and UNHCR. Acting through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland will provide technical expertise as well as financial support for better learning environment for children” said Danielle Meuwly, Regional Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus.
The project aims to achieve improved sanitary conditions through the construction of toilet blocks and the recommissioning of water connections in schools. Once running water is commissioned or restored, the project also aims to promote improved hygiene practices among schoolchildren.
Schools are currently closed as COVID-19 cases are still high in the country. The development of proper water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools, in parallel with training students, teachers, and parents on proper hygiene techniques, will ensure a safe environment when schools re-open.
The project will continue for one year, ending in December 2021.
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