Going to school with books and… 5 liters of water
The lack of supply in some Tanzanian schools has forced students to bring their own water to class every day. If they don’t bring a full water drum, they must return home. The short Water is not Life, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5, showcases the harsh consequences of water stress for schoolchildren in many East African schools that depend on rainwater to ensure hygiene and nutrition for their students and teachers.
The lack of supply in some Tanzanian schools has forced students to bring their own water to class every day.
According to data included in a report by the organization in Tanzania, less than half of the public primary schools in the African country had access to drinking water in 2015, and nearly two thirds lacked adequate sanitation. Only 4 in every 10 schools had a water supply system, 3 in every 10 had safe water wells and approximately one in every 10 was obliged to collect water from rivers and springs for their students and staff. According to Uwezo, on average, schoolchildren in Tanzania spend around 17 minutes fetching water during school hours. In rural areas, this is about 20 minutes, in urban areas only eight. The Government has tried to improve the situation, but show there is a long way to go.
Water is not Life, by Redbird, micro-documentary finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5.
In the article With sanitation, education is possible we explain why solving this scourge is vital to help the most disadvantaged countries leave poverty behind and attain all SDGs. Our in schools, which have benefitted more than 205,000 schoolchildren and teachers, have provided us with valuable experience that gives us a broad vision of the multiple and dire consequences that any community suffers in the absence of safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools. This is vital and urgent, especially since the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation of millions of schoolchildren all around the world.