Schools in relatively safe areas in Syria are dealing with overcrowded classrooms due to the high influx of IDPs. As-Sweida is one of the cities where UNICEF with the support from the Government of Japan is rehabilitating Water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in 22 schools.
“The restrooms were very stinky before. Now they are clean,” 9-year-old Shaden said. “Before, no one would flush the toilet, now we always find it clean.” Nour, Shaden’s friend added.
Both Shaden and Nour are from the southern Syrian city of As-Sweida. Their school is one of the nearly 500 schools in Syria rehabilitated by UNICEF with the support of the Government of Japan. The project is providing clean latrines for boys and girls and safe drinking water in school compounds.
“Before, I didn’t use to drink in the school, most of the tabs were broken,” said a 9-year-old student, coming out of her sports lesson in one of the primary schools supported by UNICEF. The huge influx of displaced children into schools in relatively safe areas such as As-Sweida combined with the inadequacy of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) facilities, is putting children’s health at risk. UNICEF with the support of the Government of Japan is undertaking rehabilitation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities in 22 schools in the Governorate.
A girl washing her hands at the newly installed water fountain in her school in As-Sweida city. The school is one of the nearly 500 benefiting from Water, sanitation and hygiene rehabltiaiotn project supported by UNICEF and the Government of Japan. The project is providing clean latrines for boys and girls and safe drinking water in school compounds.