Clean water and a healthy environment for students enhance learning
UNICEF recently completed the rehabilitation of 80 water and sanitation facilities in schools, where students were suffering from the lack of clean water and poor infrastructure.
Aden, Yemen, 29 April 2019 – Improved water, sanitation and hygiene services is an essential right for every child and adolescent. Providing these services in schools in Yemen is a great challenge amid the ongoing conflict and the limited number of schools that are still functioning across the country. One in five schools in Yemen can no longer be used because they have been severely damaged or destroyed or are being used for military purposes or as shelter for displaced populations.
Despite all these challenges, UNICEF and its partners continue to support schools with educational supplies, awareness programs and rehabilitation to prevent school drop-outs and provide a healthy environment for the students.
In Aden and Lahj governorates, south of Yemen, UNICEF recently completed the rehabilitation of 80 water and sanitation facilities in schools, where students were suffering from the lack of clean water and poor infrastructure.
In these schools, UNICEF also provided hygiene kits and trash barrels to keep students away from diseases. In addition, several hygiene awareness sessions were organized to educate students and school personnel on healthy practices. Sewage networks have also been rehabilitated to prevent the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases. These interventions have radically changed the lives of the students, giving them the possibility to enjoy their time when at school and use proper water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to stay healthy and learn in the best possible conditions.
These interventions in schools were achieved with a contribution from the Government of Japan, a key partner of UNICEF, which plays a prominent role in supporting UNICEF to address the most urgent needs of children in Yemen in a mixed emergency and development approach.