Paper on "Comparison of Students ́ Acceptance of Conventional and Ecological Sanitation in Rural Schools"

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Paper on "Comparison of Students ́ Acceptance of Conventional and Ecological Sanitation in Rural Schools"

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with WECF and partners, we did an extensive study comparing rural school sanitation - pit latrines and UDDTs in 18 schools in 6 countries: Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.
A combination of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods was applied: absenteeism data from official school records, a standardized questionnaire, and focus group discussions.
Overall, high acceptance of school toilets can be translated into sanitation conditions providing comfort, cleanliness and privacy. Both male and female students preferred the UDDTs compared to pit latrines in all studied countries. The acceptance is significantly higher in areas where pit latrines are predominant, as in Central Asia, in contrast to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
The study highlights the impact poor quality sanitation has on students` fluid intake especially in CA.
Girls benefit more from the intervention, as they suffer more than boys from the inadequate sanitation conditions of the common pit latrines in rural schools.
See full paper here:

Thanks to the cooperation with: Emma Anakhasyan, AWHHE, Armenia; Rostom Gamisonia, RCDA, Georgia; Bakyt Askarbekov, UNISON, Kyrgyzstan; Nadia Andreev, Wisdom; Moldova, Anna Tsvetkova, Mama86, Ukraine; Surayo Saidova, ASDPNau, Tajikistan.

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Claudia Wendland
Water and Sanitation Specialist
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