Workshop on ‘wash’ conducted

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THE Education Department, in collaboration with Unicef (children’s fund), conducted a workshop to develop standard guidelines for water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) in schools.
The guidelines were in line with the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy 2015-2030.
They were approved by the Government to support the PNG Vision 2050 and sustainable development goals (SDG).
Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra expressed his gratitude for the technical and funding support provided by Unicef for the workshop and the development of Wash in schools.
Kombra said the guidelines were required to maintain quality and standards at school level to benefit students and teachers in the long run.
He said that the minimum Wash in schools monitoring indicators were defined consistent with the national quality school standards framework (NQSSF) and the global three-star approach of making incremental improvement of Wash in schools.
These standards and indicators will guide the schools to make gradual improvements in phases on Wash using the school learning improvement plan (SLIP).
This will mean that Wash will be monitored appropriately on a regular basis in all schools and help ensure that children, especially girls, get to attend classes regularly.
The five-day workshop in Port Moresby started on Oct 31 and ended on Nov 4.

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