WASH in Schools (WinS) is a key element of universal access to both Education for All and WASH for All, as defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Schools are important settings to provide environments where children learn and acquire essential hygiene skills for life; and where their health, growth and overall development thrive in dignity.
In continuation of WinS International Learning Exchanges (ILE), initiated by GIZ and UNICEF in 2012, the 7th ILE is hosted by the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) and brings together 191 participants from 16 countries of the South/East Asian and Pacific regions. They come from government ministries, international organizations, research institutions and development partner agencies. This document represents consensus among all participants on key areas to accelerate action on WinS in order to achieve universal WinS coverage with at least basic WinS services by 2030 as agreed by all UN member states in the SDGs. Full and detailed reporting of all sessions and discussions are available in this conference report.