Written by Abeera Ahmed
Photo credits: Aamir Ahmad Abdullah, Islamabad/Humqadam
Lacking even the most basic necessities, such as sanitation and hygiene facilities, Government Girls Primary School (GGPS) Sohbat Abad, District Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, presented a bleak education experience for the young students.
Set against the rural backdrop, this was the only primary school in the surrounding areas, and it was considered a health hazard. These sentiments were echoed by the majority of students, teachers, and community members.
Shaheen Begum, Head Teacher, shed light on the poor sanitary conditions,
Humqadam-SCRP constructed two new classrooms, and more important, three new toilets to meet the needs of more than 200 students. These toilet blocks are a means to improve health and cognitive development, increase girls’ attendance, and to develop positive hygiene behaviours. A new spirit of hope is noticeable among the students who are now excited and enthusiastic about their school.
Asma, a student at the school said,
Across the provinces of Punjab and KP, Humqadam is working in earnest to promote a positive narrative about education. Part of that narrative is the provision of a child-friendly physical environment and school Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). So far, in 163 completed schools across KP, 622 new student toilets have been constructed.