The WASH in Schools Target Challenge is a pilot program developed by Rotary International to motivate Rotary clubs to develop sustainable WASH, and education projects using the expertise and resources available through two of Rotary’s areas of focus: basic education and literacy and water and sanitation. The program runs from January 2016 to July 2018 in five countries, all chosen for their strong, active involvement in school sanitation efforts: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.
The pilot project is conceptually structured using a three-star (three-level) implementation and recognition approach, measuring outcomes such as number of schools with sustainable WASH facilities, numbers of students involved, school attendance increase, and behavioral criteria.
This initiative challenges Rotarians to work within two areas of focus (Basic Education & Literacy and Water & Sanitation) by undertaking WASH projects in Government schools that structure both the infrastructure needs and creates behavioral change resulting in greater educational outcomes.
Recognition Levels: A Three-Star Approach
The pilot challenges the Rotary clubs to work together with schools for WASH to reach three levels of achievements. The first two levels (Rotary One Star and Rotary Two Stars) set benchmarks for water and sanitation facility upgrades, hygiene education, and teacher training, along with key behavior-change components; the third level (Rotary Three Stars) emphasizes incorporation into government initiatives and enhancements to the curriculum. Successful completion of a Rotary One Star project will earn clubs district level recognition; completion of the Rotary Two and Three Star requirements will earn recognition from Rotary International and UNICEF.