What we do
ICCO, Simavi and WASTE together set up assessments on the situation of sanitation at schools in six African countries. This project will follow up the recommendations resulting from the assessment in Malawi. Four education districts were identified for possible piloting, because of a history of innovation in community and school sanitation, including a business approach to ecosan development of school gardens; community sanitation programs; and existing institutional capacity building programs.
How we do it
The focus is on a business approach to create demand and support for sustainable school sanitation and the surrounding communities. Public private partnerships with the productive use of sanitation linked to school gardens are attractive to schools and entrepreneurs. The entrepreneur generates income to recoup the investment costs by being granted temporary use of a portion of the school garden and selling the produce. The schools can generate regular income either through the sale of produce or the leasing of portions of the school gardens – which have the added value of fertilizer. As the children are fully involved in the ecosan systems they facilitate the outreach to the community for advocating better sanitation and the reuse of valuable resources. These approaches are in line with both the National Sanitation Policy (ecosan for resource recycling, increased role for private sector in sanitation provision) and the School Health and Nutrition Guidelines (development in school hygiene and sanitation and school gardens).