- This will reduce the distance that children cover to access safe and clean water to within 500 meters, a significant reduction from the more than 30 minutes it presently takes the majority of children across Uganda to access safe water
- By the end of the programme, all selected schools will have a comprehensive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services package, including school latrines, a solar powered water system and handwashing facilities
- This package will help schools in Karamoja meet the recommended national standard of one latrine for every 40 pupils, up from the current ratio of one latrine for every 70 students in Karamoja
Kampala– The Korea International Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have today launched a five year programme to scale up water, sanitation and hygiene services in schools in the dry lands of Karamoja region.
The students in Karamoja have in the past been tracking long distance to access water, which affects the learning process. But now there is hope that the programme, that will be executed until 2022, benefiting 56,000 children from 100 schools in all Karamoja districts of Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit will relieve them from such long distance.
The interventions will be implemented by UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the seven District Local Governments of the Karamoja region.
In a press release from UNICEF, the Korean Ambassador to Uganda, Kim You-Churl, said: “The Government of Korea is proud to partner with UNICEF and the Government of Uganda to provide safe water, adequate sanitation and effective hygiene services to tens of thousands of vulnerable school-going children in Karamoja.”
“This grant will help to improve the school environment of all 100 schools targeted, thereby helping Uganda achieve many of its Sustainable Development Goal and NDP 2 targets.”
The program costs Shs 37 billion (10 million USD), with nearly Shs 30 billion from the Korea International Cooperation Agency and Shs 7 billion contributed by UNICEF.
Dr Doreen Mulenga, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda, said: “This grant will help the more than 50,000 children attending these schools to stay in school as well improve their learning outcomes. It will also help to improve the school health environment, thereby reducing the likelihood of a spread of contagious diseases.”
“UNICEF is very grateful to the people of Korea for this contribution, which will help lift some of the poorest children in Uganda out of debilitating poverty; where they are deprived of many of the basic services and rights they need to develop to their full potential.”
There will be provision of life skills education for girls, including menstrual hygiene management; social mobilization campaigns to accelerate positive behavior change among individuals and broader social change among communities and district-level advocacy.