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TitleLearning lessons on sustainability in Bangladesh
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsEdwards, P
Pagination4 p.; ill.; 1 box; 2 photographs
Date Published2006-12-01
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsbangladesh, hygiene, sanitation, schools, sustainability, sustainable development, toilet hygiene, water

Sustainability is a major challenge for school water, sanitation and hygiene education programs. After facilities are constructed they too often become dirty, are badly maintained and fall into disuse or spread disease. This issue is particularly relevant in Bangladesh where, since 1992, UNICEF has supported school programs with the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) and the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE). While there have been notable achievements on a project basis, the sustainability of those achievements is in doubt. The opportunity now exists for school sanitation and hygiene education to be part of a sector-wide approach in education and this may provide the right conditions for improving the sustainability of the results. [authors abstract]

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