Alignment and Integration
GIZ is an active member of the WASH in Schools (WinS) Technical Working Group led by the Department of Education (DepEd). In line with the principles of alignment and integration, the program contributed to the development of the Implementation Guidelines for WASH in Schools of the Department of Education, under which the EHCP has been integrated.
Supporting the Implementation of National Guidelines
The Philippine Department of Education is currently moving towards sustaining and scaling-up the WASH in Schools (WinS) to achieve a national thrust towards healthy learners – and subsequently, achieve target learning outcomes. For this purpose, the Department is developing the National Policy and Guidelines for a Comprehensive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in School – a policy that defines the standards for WASH, as well as other relevant areas of the essential Health Care Program of the Department. Recognizing the importance of the initiative, GIZ is providing technical assistance to the DepEd in the implementation of this policy.
The learnings from the Philippines experience in developing and implementing a national WinS policy are being used by ministries of education in Southeast Asia and Africa. Government representatives from Guinea and Bhutan have visited the Philippines to learn from the experience in developing the national WinS programme.
Monitoring and Evaluation
GIZ is providing technical support to integrate a module for WASH in Schools into the Enhanced Basic Education Information System (EBEIS) of the Department of Education. This module will facilitate monitoring and evaluation as well as planning and budgeting for the WASH in Schools Program. It will also provide information needed for an Accreditation System that will use the ‘Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools’ to support the step-wise improvement of WASH in Schools.
The Philippines is a leader in the region with regards to WinS monitoring and implementation of the Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools. The first nation-wide round of WinS monitoring had 30,574 out of 46,645 schools (66%) participating on a voluntary basis.
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