Zambia's Eastern Province Schools Help Girls Stay in School Through WASH

April 7, 2015 5:56 AM

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Recently I went on a safari trip to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, located on the border of Eastern Province near Malawi. As I drove down through Mambwe school district bordering the park, I couldn't stop noticing that schools along the way had freshly painted latrines as well as new boreholes for water. As I work in education projects, I had to stop in one of the schools to meet the principal. I wanted to find out how the school was performing and how access to safe and clean water and sanitation facilities was helping students. The school principal was happy to oblige and explained to me the changes to school life after the upgrade of their latrines and water.

The first impact was an increase in the school children's attendance, especially young adolescent girls. Retention had also increased in general for both genders. This observation was palpable during recess time when hundreds of students flooded the main open area in the school. Further conversation...

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