UNICEF and SDC sign a new agreement on improving water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in schools
Tbilisi, Georgia. 7 February, 2022 – UNICEF and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) signed a new agreement to support around 15,000 children to benefit from improved water, sanitation and hygiene services in 60 schools.
The overall goal of the partnership is to improve water and sanitation infrastructure and standards in schools as well as raise awareness of children and school personnel on safe hygiene practices.
“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in schools” - Ghassan Khalil
“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in schools.” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “This is especially important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Growing up in a clean and safe environment is every child’s right. Access to clean water, basic toilets, and good hygiene practices not only helps children maintain good health, but also enhances their development and academic performance.”
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has previously supported UNICEF in improving water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in 24 schools, in cooperation with school management and local authorities. Within the new project, 60 more schools will be equipped with accessible and female-friendly bathrooms as well as provided with information and tools to promote healthy lifestyle and good hygiene practices including COVID-19 prevention and rationale use of water by children.
“In partnership with UNICEF, Switzerland is committed to upholding the universal human right and ensuring that school children have access to sanitation to maintain adequate hygiene. Beyond the advantage of children being healthier, the project will have a larger social impact, particularly for girls,” Danielle Meuwly, Regional Director of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia, noted.
The project will also raise awareness about environmental issues and the impact of climate change as well as strengthen the capacities of teachers in enhancing the safe learning environment in schools. The project will last until 2025.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/