SAWA has continued with the implementation of Community and School WASH Project phase II in 10 primary schools and 1 secondary school. A total of 2,716 HHs in 7 new villages with 32 sub-villages in 5 wards with the population of 10,928 people have been impacted as well as the consolidated work impacting 10 villages with 47 sub villages in Makete District. The intervention is targeting 3,205 children (1,596 boys and 1,609 girls) and 113 teachers (68 male and 45 female). The project aims to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene services in schools as a part of improving the school WASH services in the Makete District Council.

The project has completed the following:

  • Construction of 11 toilet blocks with 56 stances for pupils and 9 blocks for teachers with 18 stances was completed in all 11 schools. Currently the pupils have enjoyed their new toilet blocks, and the schools will take over the management official in January of 2018.
  • Completed rehabilitation of existing 17 toilet blocks for pupils and teachers. The rehabilitation works included wall plastering, removal of old iron sheet and fixing of new one, fixing of new doors and windows re-floor, ceramic pans, painting, the extension of water to toilets, and construction of hand washing facilities.

    Constructed toilet block for girls- Matamba primary

    Constructed toilet block for girls- Matamba primary

  • In the toilet for pupils with disabilities the pending work of fixing hand rails has been done in all 13 stances.
  • Completed construction of 13 burning chambers, 15 water points with an average of three outlets to improve water supply service have been completed, and all water points are functional.
  • Completed the improvement of community water supply in 2 villages (Igenge and Ikungula) and received water quality analysis results from Rufiji Basin. The results revealed that the water is suitable for domestic use. In addition, COWSO was formed and capacitated and it is currently in the process of registration.
  • Conducted school Committee Refreshers Governance refreshers training. All school committees were trained on School WASH Governance. Unlike the governance training conducted in March of 2017, the refreshers training involved entire schools’ committee members. A total of 120 members from 10 schools were facilitated on the governance issues for effective SWASH management and sustainability. Parents were also invited to participate in  meetings for Sustainable School WASH interventions. The parent meetings involved sharing and discussions of SWASH management, O&M, Monitoring, Gender Equity and Inclusion aspects, SWASH institutional frame work, and the duties and responsibilities of SWASH stakeholders.

    Boys pupils washing their hands

    Boys pupils washing their hands

  • As a result of SWASH Quarterly Monitoring, MHM in 4 secondary schools of Matamba Division was identified as a challenge which led to MHM training. The training involved 4 secondary and 20 primary schools, which included 60 students in each school and 1 SWASH teacher from each 20 primary schools. Schools were facilitated on the MHM aspects in School WASH interventions regarding infrastructures and behavior change for gender, equity and inclusion considerations.
  • Conducted School WASH follow ups by Ward Education officers on three star adoptions. It was observed that most schools have been changing positively towards meeting National School WASH standards. For example, Magoye Primary School constructed a standard kitchen, while Kitulo primary school constructed a dining room. All schools were observed to practice daily supervised group hand washing.

Looking forward for the Makete project

  • Handing over of constructed WASH facilities in schools
  • Continue implementation of community sanitation and demand creation and monitoring of school WASH facilities.