WASH support for reopening of schools in Indonesia
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 / UNICEF
In July 2020, the Government of Indonesia released a Joint Decree signed by four Ministries mandating the availability of clean toilets, handwashing facilities with running water and soap or sanitizers, and disinfection services as a minimum requirement for healthy and safe reopening of primary and secondary schools. Following the release of this decree, Safe Schools Protocols were developed as part of the broader country COVID-19 response strategy to establish the minimum standards for ensuring children’s safety in schools.
To support the implementation of the Safe Schools Protocols, UNICEF Indonesia has been providing advocacy and technical support to provincial and district governments through several activities.
- We have developed a WASH data analysis and costing tool to assess the gaps and overall investment needs for WASH facilities in schools in each district. This assessment is done using an estimation of available funding and local costs for installing new or upgrading existing WASH facilities in schools (WinS).
- We are organising webinar-based high-level advocacy workshops in all the six UNICEF-focused provinces which have a significant number of schools set to reopen in January 2021. The objective of our workshops is to influence and support decision-makers in the Provincial Education Offices and District Education Offices to prioritise available funds and mobilise new funds for improving WASH facilities in schools. We provide decision-makers and key stakeholders with evidence and information on needs and funding gaps in their respective areas to enable informed decision-making about investment priorities, infrastructures’ needs and partnerships’ opportunities. We also give advice on technical options for water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to further enable stakeholders make appropriate choices and optimise their resources.
- We have supported the development of guidance (such as the Handwashing with Soap Design Compendium) and video tutorials describing how to set up handwashing facilities in schools. We have disseminated these materials to local governments and partner NGOs to further support their respective reopening schools agenda.
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