One of the major problems faced by the school age children is infection by parasites and flukes. This type of sanitation related infections obviously contribute not only to absenteeism in the schools, but also to the more hidden aspect: Poor health of children affects their ability to learn and therefore influences their perspective in life. Good health at school is essential for now and an investment for the future.
School sanitation facilities are usually poor (if they exist at all), and are not designed sustainably. Schools with latrines have problems because the latrines are poorly managed and are not particularly valued and are abandoned once pits are full. Cleaning toilets is usually enforced as a form of punishment, which further erodes a child’s sense of the importance of good sanitation.