World Toilet Day
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of November, repeating indefinitely
19 November every year: Raising awareness of sanitation issues.
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. You can find out more, and access facts, figures and multimedia resources on the UN World Toilet Day web pages.
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.
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) has produced a free World Toilet Day resource to help teach pupils about the global issues surrounding sanitation. Aimed at Key Stages 2, 3 and above, this free resource supports the teaching of literacy, science, geography, history, citizenship and PSHE. It comprises a quiz and 12 activity ideas for World Toilet Day, including: assembly ideas; Oxfam Water Week activities investigating water vulnerability; activities to construct facilities such as water filters, water pumps, or hand washers; and many more. The resource is available to all schools signed up to the GLP. If your school isn’t registered, find out how here.
The following info-graphic from Splashdirect has lots of interesting (and fun!) statistics about toilets and sanitation worldwide:
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.