Sanitation Studies

Today, Year 6 at Liss Junior School started the sanitation study unit at school. Firstly, we discussed what sanitation means and came up with the following definition,

‘The systems for taking dirty water and other waste products away from buildings in order to protect people’s health’

We also learned what the acronym WASH means: water, sanitation and hygiene .

Next , we thought about how we take our access to water for granted and talked about a scenario:

As people living in the UK, we have access to safe drinking water. It’s a part of our everyday lives. Running water allows us to shower in the morning, water the lawn in the afternoon, cook dinner in the evening, and keep hydrated throughout the day. Imagine now, if you can, that there is no running water. What would you do? What if you had to fetch water every morning, walking five kilometres each way, and waiting in line at the pump for half an hour? How would this change your lives?

The children had a few minutes to think about this and put their thoughts down on post – its. The photo below shows some of their responses

The children’s responses to the scenario.

The children were able to identify that life would become far more difficult and that their free time would be severely diminished. Mr Stanley told the class about his experiences of fetching water from the crater lake at Kafuro and how tiring it is particularly at the high altitude. The children realised that the work they had put in over the last few years to enable Kafuro to have clean toilets and running water has made a huge difference.

The second part of the session looked at the differences between girls and boys when it comes to sanitation. The poster below shows how poor sanitation affects girls far more severely than boys.

The children were tasked with coming up with a plan to address this. We will share our plans with Mr Thembo when he comes to the UK (hopefully) in March.

Next week, the children are going to learn how to build tippy taps.

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