Domestos and sanitation for South African schools

School kids standing in a line

A school toilet refurbishment project in KwaZulu-Natal means that learners no longer have to skip lessons because of substandard sanitation.

DOMESTOS RESTORES SCHOOL TOILETS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Unilever’s Domestos brand is working in partnership with the World Toilet Organization to refurbish facilities at schools in South Africa.

Research indicates that the provision of hygienic toilet facilities contributes directly to the standard of education received by pupils. There are more than 24,000 public schools in South Africa, but fewer than 8,000 of these schools have functioning, flushing toilets.

"Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection and one of the problems that continues to keep many of our children out of school," says Sue Stringer, Domestos Marketing Director.

“Substandard toilet facilities result in absenteeism and especially girls then struggle to complete the curriculum, resulting in missed lessons and lower grades,” she adds.

SUSTAINABLE SANITATION

The refurbishment scheme was launched in 2010 as part of Domestos’ global campaign to raise public awareness about good health practices and hygiene. Since then, five schools have received new toilets in KwaZulu-Natal.

The pupils at Ekuthuleni Primary School are among the beneficiaries. Pupils, parents and teachers are now committed to ensuring the facilities remain clean and hygienic.

Find out more on:Domestos South Africa Facebook site

It is constantly updated by supporters of the project including South African Idols finalist and avid ambassador Lloyd Cele.

WORKING TOGETHER TO CHANGE LIVES

Sue sums up by saying, “The Ekuthuleni project is a fine example of business and education working together to change lives. Educators, learners and parents have all been informed about toilet hygiene and the school will continue with a proper maintenance plan to keep the toilets hygienically clean. As an international leader in home hygiene, Domestos is continually committed to public awareness of good health practices and this is another way of delivering an important message and uplifting not only the schools, but also the surrounding communities,”.

Cleaner toilets, brighter future!

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