The results of the analysis of the aspects related to the provision of water and sanitation systems in institutions in the focal regions of Cahul and Ungheni were presented

03 June 2024
prezentarea rezultate WASH
UNICEF/Moldova/2024/Centrul Național de Mediu

Chisinau, 3 June 2024. The National Environment Centre analyzed the current situation and the needs of educational institutions in Cahul and Ungheni in terms of water, sanitation, hygiene, and environment. The presentation of the results took place in the framework of the UNICEF project "Improving Knowledge and Skills of Young People in Terms of Water, sanitation, hygiene, and Environment in the focal regions of Cahul and Ungheni," implemented by the National Environment Centre, in the framework of the "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions" Programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP Moldova and UNICEF.

The evaluation process included UNICEF recommendations provided by a voluntary national evaluation from October 2023 to February 2024 on water supply, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in schools in Moldova.

The evaluation process involved 43 educational institutions from the Cahul district and 46 from the Ungheni district. Representatives of management, teachers, auxiliary staff, and, by implication, pupils of all age groups - primary, secondary, and high school - participated in the evaluation.

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"The data collected and provided by the National Environment Centre complements the interventions we are implementing at the national level in schools," said Corina Andronic, UNICEF WASH Officer.

"These data should not be treated as a verdict, but as a self-diagnosis that would guide/guide the institutions on what can be changed, on what to focus on: whether it is providing schools with drinking water, or - on finding a solution to treat/filter the water used in school canteens or on rehabilitating sanitary blocks. It is important to implement the data and recommendations the National Environment Centre provided to improve the situation gradually".

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"The evaluation conducted is a first stage of the project we are implementing. Later, 20 schools will be selected to benefit from environmental education support, involving children, parents and the whole community, in order to improve knowledge and skills in water use and water saving methods, awareness of the impact on water sources, sanitary practices and personal hygiene, including gender-sensitive issues," said Elena Culighin, President of the National Environment Centre.

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Institutions that want to get involved in the project "Improving knowledge and skills of young people in the field of water, sanitation, hygiene and environment in the key regions of Cahul and Ungheni" are encouraged to submit their intentions to participate in the "Eco-school: a healthy environment in Cahul and Ungheni".

Schools wishing to take part in this initiative can request evaluation data from the National Environment Centre so as to objectively identify the solutions to be formulated in their project proposals and thus have a better chance of being selected.

At the end of the event, Jana Midoni, UNICEF Education Officer, mentioned that the initiative implemented by the National Environment Centre and UNICEF is an opportunity for educational institutions to strengthen their capacities and then use it to access additional funds for similar projects in the future.

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The UNICEF project "Improving knowledge and skills of young people in the field of water, sanitation, hygiene and environment in the key regions of Cahul and Ungheni" is implemented by the National Environment Centre, within the framework of the "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions", funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP Moldova and UNICEF. 

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