Pupils and staff from Leonard Stanley School have 'twinned' their toilets to flush away poverty
8:01am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
PUPILS and staff at Leonard Stanley Primary School are helping to flush away poverty by twinning their school toilets.
Five of the toilets at the school in Bath Road have been ‘twinned’ with latrines overseas which has helped to provide a school toilet block in the African country of Chad.
Toilet Twinning, is a partnership between development agencies Cord and Tearfund, to help some of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack decent sanitation.
It costs £60 to twin one toilet and £240 to build a toilet block in a country where bad sanitation is one of the biggest killers.
Helen Jackson, a teaching assistant at the school, said she was full of admiration for the pupils’ maturity in understanding the challenges faced by children overseas, living without access to a toilet.
“The students picked up on the fact that girls approaching puberty will stop going to school if there is no privacy in the toilets,” she said.
“During an assembly the children learned that every 20 seconds a child dies from diarrhoeal diseases and 60 per cent of all rural diseases worldwide are caused by poor hygiene and sanitation.”
Staff and pupils at the school raised the £240 needed for the toilet block by holding a non-uniform day.
As part of the programme the children will receive a certificate of their toilet's twin, a photo of their twinned toilet, the latrine's location and its GPS coordinates so pupils can find their toilets on Google maps.
To find out more about Toilet Twinning or to twin your own loo visit www.toilettwinning.org.
Comments are closed on this article.