DESCRIPTION
School Health Project
Vision:

School children will receive knowledge to improve their health and sanitation practice and access to clean water.

Mission:

Through the provision of clean water and appropriate education on health and sanitation, health status of children in target schools will gain improved.

Goal:

All school children in the target areas will gain improved their health and access to clean water.

1 - To increase knowledge on hygiene and sanitation of school children at schools in the target areas.
2 - To improve health and sanitation practices through clean water access and availability of hand washing facility at the schools.
3 - An effective team of volunteer school children to work with mothers who have children under five years of age will be established and functioned.
4 - To implement an initiative whereby mothers of under- five children will involve in health activities and change their behavior toward good practice on hygiene and sanitation for her kid as well as for her whole family.

School Health Promotion Project is a new project being implemented by Clear Cambodia. Clear Cambodia initiated the project aiming to support the government's effort to improve health and hygiene, water, sanitation and hand-washing facilities in schools.

Factors related to water, sanitation and hygiene affect children's right to education in many ways. In an atmosphere of poor health, children are unable to fulfill their education potential. For example, 400 million school-aged children a year are infected by intestinal worms, which, research shows, sap their learning abilities.

Schools partly determine children's health and well-being by providing a healthy or unhealthy environment. Although water and sanitation facilities in schools are increasingly recognized as fundamental for promoting good hygiene behavior and children's well-being, many schools have very poor facilities. Conditions vary from inappropriate and inadequate sanitary facilities to the outright lack of latrines and safe water for drinking and hygiene. This situation contributes to absenteeism and the high drop-out rates of girls.

Schools can also be a key factor for initiating change by helping to develop useful lifeskills on health and hygiene. Children are often eager to learn and willing to absorb new ideas. New hygiene behavior learned at school can lead to life-long positive habits. Teachers can function as role models

New hygiene behavior learned at school can lead to life-long positive habits; not only for the children but also within the community. School children can influence the behavior of family members - both adults and younger siblings - and thereby positively influence the community as a whole.

Clear Cambodia installs the community filters and hand-washing stations at the target schools and provides sanitation materials like soaps, towels, and buckets to those schools. We also work with school principals, leaders of school clusters and school teachers by conducting workshop on health and sanitation focusing the 3 main topics, such as hand washing, clean-water usage and hygienic latrine usage.

School teachers conduct training to school children on health and sanitation good practice I relation with the three above topics. Meanwhile, Clear Cambodia does follow up visit on the usage of community filter and hand washing facility for their sustainable use.

School Health Education Project draws students' attention by providing incentive to participants who have correct answer on the three messages questionnaires and establish children volunteer groups to work with under 5 children's mothers in their respective communities.