Ghana: CONIWAS CHRAJ Petition on WASH Facilities in Schools

The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) yesterday petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) regarding the lack of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities with changing rooms in public spaces and private schools.

According to the group, “when children are in school and have no water to drink, no toilets to empty their bowels and no water to wash their hands, their health and well-being are compromised and their lives also threatened”.

Mr. Yaw Attah Arhin, President of CONIWAS, who presented the petition at the CHRAJ in Accra, said that the coalition as part of its advocacy project study on the rights to water, sanitation and hygiene in 2020 revealed that 25% (5,471) of basic public schools did not have access to safe drinking water. , 26% (5,725) did not have a toilet, while 31% (6,843) did not have access to urinals.

In private basic schools, he indicated that the situation was better, 17% (1,966) did not have access to drinking water, 11% (1,273) did not have access to toilets, while 16 % (1,840) had no urinals. .

“Research finds that lack of access to these basic school infrastructures promotes absenteeism, school absenteeism, loss of teaching and learning time, and generally poor academic results, adding that some school infrastructures basic public buildings that were recently built lack drinking water, toilets and urinals.

Indeed, 9 out of 10 girls in Ghana regularly miss school during their period”