UNICEF’s Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools Field Guide is designed to improve the effectiveness of hygiene behavior change programs. The approach ensures that healthy habits are taught, practiced, and integrated into daily school routines.
The Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools is designed to improve the effectiveness of hygiene behaviour change programmes. The approach ensures that healthy habits are taught, practised and integrated into daily school routines. The Three Star Approach helps schools meet the essential criteria for a healthy and protective learning environment for children as part of the broader child-friendly schools initiative. It aims to address the bottlenecks that block the effectiveness and expansion of current WASH in Schools programmes. In the Three Star Approach, schools are encouraged to take simple, inexpensive steps outlined in this Field Guide.
These steps are designed to ensure that all students wash their hands with soap, have access to drinking water, and are provided with clean, gender-segregated toilets at school every day. Group activities drive this incremental approach, beginning with daily, supervised group hand-washing sessions. Once minimum standards are achieved, schools can move from one to three stars by expanding hygiene promotion activities and improving infrastructure, especially for girls, and will ultimately achieve the national standards for WASH in Schools.
Download the UNICEF Field Guide 3 Star Guide here