Divine Waters Uganda (DWU) in partnership with her Partners and Other Development Agencies is implements a range of activities in Uganda aimed at increasing the availability and use of sanitation facilities such as Latrines.
According to a survey conducted in five schools within Aromo Sub-County, Lira District, (one of our project implementing areas); Most pupils in rural schools are de-motivated from studies/schooling by poor hygiene and sanitation that currently exist in rural schools.
40% of the pupils that dropped out of schools are either because of frequent poor hygiene and related infections at school or need for privacy especially for girl child. The standard ratio of latrine use in Uganda according to Ministry of Education and Sports is established at 40 pupils per stance, schools in Rural Uganda are still far away from this standard as a stance is being shared between 100-150 users and in some schools teachers share these facilities with their Pupils.
Much as government and Civil Society Organizations are trying to reach these needy schools there is still a gap, because the pupils enrollment is increasing due to Universal Primary Education (UPE) meanwhile these sanitation facilities are at the same level these is already affecting pupils concentration.
With Divine Waters Uganda intervention in some schools, the request has become so enormous, most schools are feeling their old pit latrines are unsafe, this is due to high rate of collapsing of the old pit latrine which has scared pupils from using. A scenario where 2 pupils died in OketKwer Primary School in 2010 when the school pit latrine sunk trapping them in use.
We feel there is need for more intervention in school sanitation as these has become a major factor in school dropout. The current intervention cannot cover even a third of the schools in Lira District considering the rate at which these sanitation facilities are collapsing due to heavy rain and loose soil formation in some schools/areas.