World Toilet Day
19 Nov 2013
19 November every year: Raising awareness of sanitation issues, and of the 2.5 billion who don't have access to proper sanitation.
Whilst this may sound like quite a frivolous subject for a 'World Day', it's actually very serious. World Toilet Day focuses on the importance of sanitation and aims to raise awareness about the 2.6 billion people (nearly half the world's population) who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation. In the UK, the water charity WaterAid use World Toilet Day to raise awareness of sanitation issues.
We've written a whole article on the subject, see Toilets: We all need to 'go' for a wealth of background information and suggestions for approaching this issue in class.
WaterAid in America have a very silly, but educational, online comic, The Adventures of Super Toilet which aims to introduce primary school children to global water and sanitation issues (assuming they can stop giggling, that is...). There are also accompanying activities and notes for teachers and parents.
To find further resources that can help you mark World Toilet Day, in your school, have a browse through the ones listed on the Global Dimension database under the topic of Water. You could also read through our background article on Water.Add to calendar