New York/Geneva, June 23, 2022 – Due to a lack of resources, many children are deprived of a healthy and inclusive educational environment.

Despite a steady decline in the proportion of schools without water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, deep inequalities persist between and within countries, UNICEF said today. and WHO. Schoolchildren in least developed countries (LDCs) and in fragile contexts are the most affected, and new data shows that few schools have accessible WASH services for people with disabilities.

The crucial issues of a healthy and inclusive school environment

«Too many children go to school without clean water, clean toilets and soap to wash their hands, which makes learning difficult,” said Kelly Ann Naylor, director of water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Climate, Environment, Energy and Disaster Risk Reduction at UNICEF. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of providing healthy and inclusive learning environments. To protect children’s education, the recovery plan must include equipping schools with the most basic services to combat the infectious diseases of today and tomorrow. »

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