Schools : students agents of change

Our objectives

Created in 2019, our cross-cutting schools department, collaborates with our different departments to transmit solutions to future generations. This programme builds on expertise gained in the areas of water and sanitation during pilot projects Antenna successfully implemented in Bolivia, Haiti and Kenya.

By basing its activities on the promotion of innovative solutions within schools and awareness-raising among students, the Schools departments targets young people’s capacity to disseminate solutions within their communities in the areas of health, food self-sufficiency, access to energy and environmental protection.

Schools are thereby a means of engaging with and empowering a number of key actors within communities, such as local authorities or parent associations. By doing so, we aim to empower projects by creating an Antenna distribution network that uses revenue-generating activities to sustainably finance projects.

In the long term, local governments will replicate this model, investing for the benefit of the community on a sustainable basis.

Our activities

We are currently present in four countries:

  • Burkina Faso
  • Madagascar
  • Nepal
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Clean water at school project in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, it is estimated that only 43% of the rural population has access to safe drinking water (UNICEF, 2015). More than 4,500 children under the age of five die of diarrhoea annually (Mediaterre, 2018). The Burkinabe government is working to improve the country’s water infrastructure and raise awareness of the importance of safe drinking water.

In order to improve drinking water quality and hygiene in schools, Antenna has developed a pedagogical approach with the Ministry of Education which the Ministry of Health has approved. A “Clean Water at School” training manual has been made available to teaching staff. The project organises some 6,500 children in 20 schools into Water Clubs to produce drinking water using WATA, build washbasins and initiate behavioural change in the community.

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Rano Madio project in Madagascar

More than 12 million people in Madagascar lack access to clean drinking water (WASHwatch.org, 2015). In most cases, the resulting waterborne diseases affect children, putting their health and schooling at risk.

Since the introduction of the pilot phase of the Rano Madio (meaning clean water in Malagasy) project in 2016 , eight schools and approximately2,500 students  have gained access to drinking water. This has been achieved through the implementation of a rainwater recovery and chlorination system using locally produced chlorine to disinfect school latrines and purify water. In addition, Antenna has promoted the importance of hygiene to prevent water-related diseases. In the medium term, the programme will benefit nine additional schools, or about 2,000 students.

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Green School in Nepal project

In Nepal, water, hygiene and nutrition remain major problems: 55% of the population lacks access to basic sanitation (World Health Organization, 2015) and 3,500 children die each year from waterborne diseases (Nepal’s Department of Health Service, 2012).

The Green School project aims to raise awareness about themes such as the environment, sustainable agriculture and water through a multilateral approach.To build local capacity for water purification, Antenna has provided WATA installations and taught teachers how to use them, in order to produce chlorine locally.. The project has also built school vegetable gardens and taught teachers and students about environmental concerns and agro-ecological techniques. Finally, an anti-lice approach was added to the project in order to destigmatise children with lice.

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Healthy schools project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Congolese government and UNICEF are co-managing the School Sanitation project, which aims to facilitate access to drinking water and raise awareness of water hygiene issues among children. Following the success of the Clean Water at School project in Burkina Faso, our partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MajiMaisha-Antenna, initiated a test phase for the introduction of WATA technologies.

Since 2016, the project has offered training on the use of WATA technologies to teachers so that they can produce chlorine locally in schools. The programme has trained more than 2,500 students in five schools on the importance of following hygiene measures and has provided them with access to drinking water.

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