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The WASH Systems Academy

The WASH Systems Academy

The learning platform for water, sanitation and hygiene systems strengthening

WASH systems strengthening: The basics


Course objectives: This course covers the basic concepts of water, sanitation and hygiene systems strengthening. It's about understanding how to achieve sustainable service delivery for all and how to function effectively in the process.

Course content: The course includes documentation, animations, podcasts, videos and graphics, as well as three multiple choice tests and two quizzes.

The majority of this course is also available offline. You can download the complete session texts, including all the exercises, via the course resources tab. This allows you to follow part of the course offline. However, you will need to connect to the online platform to participate in the forum discussions, upload the materials you create and complete the multiple-choice tests and quizzes.

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Session overview: The content of this course covers the basic concepts of WASH systems strengthening and is divided into nine sessions. We recommend that you complete all the sessions in consecutive order.

  • Session 1: Introducing the WASH Systems Academy
  • Session 2: From broken pumps to lasting systems
  • Session 3: What is WASH systems strengthening?
  • Session 4: WASH is a service
  • Session 5: Sanitation system strengthening
  • Session 6: Hygiene promotion for WASH systems strengthening
  • Session 7: WASH systems strengthening away from home
  • Session 8: Leaving no one behind
  • Session 9: The roadmap to sustainable WASH services

Length: On average, the course takes a minimum of 16 hours to complete.

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