Toilets Making the Grade

Toilets Making the Grade Poster

Where school attendance is compulsory, access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) at educational institutions should also be a matter of course. Unfortunately this is not the case. Where this supply is missing, it has been proven that many days of school attendance are lost, either because of illness or because girls avoid school if they have no opportunity to maintain their menstrual hygiene. With the introduction of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for the first time a subgoal and a corresponding indicator were integrated into the educational goal (SDG 4), which measures the supply of schools with WASH. Subgoal 4.a calls for the supply of all schools worldwide with suitable and inclusive facilities by 2030.

Project Goal

In order to contribute to the fulfilment of the SDGs and to strengthen the integration of the sanitation and education sectors (SDG 6 & 4), the GTO is working on transferring the successful school competition concept “Toiletten machen Schule” abroad. Together with the German Society for Development Cooperation (GIZ) and local partners, this concept is currently being pursued in the partner countries of the GIZ Global Project “Sanitation for Millions” (S4M) in Uganda, Pakistan and potentially in Jordan. S4M is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


The project promotes the awareness of the importance of sanitation and the cooperation of various stakeholders around the participating schools. The project is thus piloting a scalable approach to generate student behavior and a culture of caring for adults. The aim is to ensure the long-term maintenance of sanitary facilities and hygiene in schools. If successful, the competition concept should also be applied in other countries and lead to an increase in the quality, sustainability and impact of WASH in schools.


The cross references to the parallel competition in Germany in 2018 / 2019 also enable a cross-border dialogue and exchange of knowledge. At the same time, the media presence and the political prioritisation of the topic are to be increased.

Project information and background

  • 50%
    of all schools worldwide do not have barrier-free toilets
  • 272 Mio
    school days are lost annually due to diarrhoeal diseases
  • 30%
    of all schools worldwide do not have toilets