Improvement of Educational Environment and Enhancement of Sanitation Awareness in Afghan refugees camps in Nowshera District
Project location: Nowshera
Project start and end dates: March- November 2015
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province hosts 70 out of the 76 existing Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, amongst which 5 are situated in Nowshera district. The dilapidated conditions of most of the schools in such refugee camps and host communities are posing a threat to the safety of both the students and teachers at these school. Furthermore, sanitation and hygiene is an un-attended issue in these schools as many of the students demonstrated limited knowledge on hand washing, proper use of wash rooms and clean water, and prevention of diarrhea, according to research conducted by BEFARe and AAR Japan in 2012 and 2013. Subsequently, BEFARe and AAR Japan worked in partnership in 2012 and 2013 to improve the educational facilities and to enhance sanitation awareness of 7 schools in Afghan refugee camps as well as 25 schools in the host communities in district Nowshera. These projects supported massive structure repairs that were badly needed and also constructed a large number classrooms, toilets, verandas etc. The structures were constructed also taking in to consideration the special needs of children with disabilities.
BEFARe has been awarded this project by AAR Japan to review its partnership with BEFARe to continue disseminating the importance of sanitation and hygiene in the 39 schools supported in the year 2012, 2013 and 2014.
2 day ToT Refresher Sessions:
To enable teachers to continue to raise sanitation and hygiene awareness in these schools, those teachers who have received ToT in the year 2012, 2013 and 2014 will provide 2 day ToT sessions to the newly transferred teachers. The 2 day ToT Refresher Sessions will be held at 7 Afghan school and 32 Pakistani government school including 7 Pakistani government school supported by AAR Japan in the 2014 project. In the ToT sessions, the newly inducted teachers will be provided training on sanitation and hygiene, including hand washing, proper usage of wash rooms and clean water, prevention of diarrhea and to make students aware of the importance of sanitation and hygiene.
In order to strengthen the management system of facility maintenance as well as sanitation and hygiene awareness in the schools, a maintenance seminar inviting teachers of the 7 Afghan schools and 36 Pakistani government schools is to be held to share examples of good practice of facility maintenance, sanitation and hygiene habits for strengthening school management systems.