In total, 90,000 schoolchildren in Indonesia will benefit from the programme, launched by Dubai Cares in partnership with the Government of Indonesia, UNICEF, Care International and Save the Children.
Dubai Cares was founded in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Known as WISE - â€˜water, sanitation and hygiene in support of school empowerment' - the programme will construct new sanitation, hand washing and water facilities, helping reduce a child's risk of disease and death, and support community-led initiatives to better manage water and sanitation activities in the selected areas.
Dubai Cares contributed approximately Dh20 million (US$5.5 million) to the programme as part of its commitment to UN Millennium Development Goal 2 of attaining universal primary education. By helping safeguard the health of school children through better sanitation and hygiene education and infrastructure development, Dubai Cares is helping eliminate barriers to children's access to quality primary education.
"There are numerous factors which prevent children from going to school - poor water and sanitation is a critical one," said Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares. "In addition, the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools threatens the wellbeing of those who do reach the classroom."
Al Gurg added: "Under the direction of Sheikh Mohammad, Dubai Cares is proactively focusing on the underlying factors that create barriers to learning. We believe this initiative is an example of how we can systematically remove such obstacles and create opportunities for better education and health."
The â€˜WISE' programme is seen as a model for future development across Indonesia, strengthening integration of water, sanitation and hygiene education activities in schools and improving sustainability through a focus on low-cost approaches, community leadership and technical capacity development of local school committees.
Physical construction of water and sanitation facilities will be complemented by training of teachers and community representatives on delivering effective hygiene education. School committees will be supported to better manage available budgets to include water, sanitation and hygiene components, while the government's national Healthy Schools Program (UKS) will also be revitalised.More