Programme 1

Blue School


The Blue Schools programme, developed by IRHA, has been successfully piloted since 2005 in more than 64 schools over 14 countries.

This concept goes beyond the strict concept of WASH, by proposing an integrated programme of education and environmental awareness, in order to sustainably improve health and education conditions in schools. The success of the project has motivated other actors (NGOs, donors) to replicate the concept worldwide.

(Diagrams present progress towards the 2022-2030 IRHA Strategy.)



Kanchan Nepal, Caritas Kaolack


By 2021, more than 50% of schools will not have soap for good hygiene (WHO/UNICEF 2021). 2.3 billion people do not have handwashing facilities with soap at home. Nearly 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services.

This multi-component concept combines the key elements of water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) with environmental awareness aspects such as school gardens, reforestation campaigns and waste management. This holistic approach allows children to see, in a practical way, the close link between water, the environment, waste management and food production.The objectives of Blue Schools are to:
  • Contribute to the improvement of access to drinking water and hygiene conditions in schools;
  • Promote environmental education and raise awareness among children and the community on the link between water and environmental preservation.
In this respect, IRHA intends to:
  • Share the concept and practices as widely as possible
  • Learn from past experiences
 Kalika School Manager, Credits@IRHA, 2020

"The end of the dry season is still difficult because we don't always have water available, but during the rainy season we have a lot of good water"


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