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Component 2.3

Sub-component 2.3: Improving School Facilities (Total: BDT 2346.00 lakh; US$ 3.4 million)

This sub-component is intended to attract and retain girls and boys in schools through ensuring the provision (using community participation) of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to selective schools based on needs assessment conducted by the Upazilla Secondary Education Offices. The proposed provision of improved school facilities may likely to lead better and healthy outcome for children, which will increase their aptitude to learn. Under this component allocation will be given for supply of safe drinking water and to provide twin latrine facilities, based on agreed guidelines in the co-operation agreement. The following activities will be included under this component:

  1. testing of existing project schools tube-wells to get rid of arsenic contamination;
  2. provision of safe drinking water at schools without tube-wells;
  3. provision of twin latrines for boys and girls;
  4. alternative provision for safe water based on the reports from the field level; and
  5. support a school awareness program ( safe drinking water, cleanliness hygiene etc.), and monitoring and evaluation activities.

Under FSSAP-II a total of 2042 latrines were constructed and 2042 tube-wells (1065 deep and 977 shallow) were installed through community participation. During identification and preparation of SEQAEP the school environmental issue was discussed with the IDA mission members. Based on the discussion an Environmental Management Framework was developed and posted on DSHE's website for public information. As the water supply and sanitation facilities influence the in-school factors, the project will continue to support for construction of twin latrines and installation of shallow and deep tube-wells. Based on the previous implementation experience these facilities will be provided to 2000 institutions out of which 1000 latrines and tube-wells will be used by girls and the rest half by boys. The project will also provide 1206 deep tube-wells to institutions in the arsenic prone areas. The activities under this sub-component will be implemented based on community participation. The estimated cost for twin latrine, shallow tube-well and deep tube-well is shown in the table below:

Name of item Unit price Remarks
Twin latrine Tk. 52000.00 Project will provide 90 % of the total cost and the community will share rest 10 %
Shallow tube-well Tk. 10000.00
Deep tube-well Tk. 80000.00

Project institutions will adhere to the guidelines provided in the Environmental Management Framework and ensure that a users' group will be formed for disseminating basic information about health and hygiene and work as catalyst in the community. A guideline in this regard will be prepared and sent to all the institutions. Besides, training, workshop and orientation sessions will be organized for the concerned stakeholders in order to implementing the activities under this sun-component

The SEQAEP Unit will be responsible for implementation of this sub-component. The Directorate of Public Health and Engineering ( DPHE) will be responsible for executing Arsenic Testing of the tube wells. In this regard a Participation Agreement will be signed between DPHE and MOE. In order to implementing the activities under this component training, workshop and orientation sessions will be organized.