WASH in Schools
Access to appropriate sanitation and hygiene facilities can support children’s physical privacy and their psychosocial well-being, including through attendance at school.
Children often have a strong influence on household hygiene and sanitation behaviour. They can be ‘agents of change’ and increase the impact of WASH programmes across the wider community.
Guidelines and tools
Red Cross Red Crescent Guidelines and tools
CHAST (Child Hygiene and Sanitation Training)
CHAST was first developed by Caritas Switzerland in Somaliland in 2002. It is inspired from the PHAST approach, and is based upon the premise that hygiene practices are largely acquired during childhood and therefore it is much easier to change children’s habits than those of adults. (Note: CHAST is copyrighted since 2014.)
CHAST is a step-by-step methodology that promotes good hygiene and sanitation practices in schools and at home by raising children’s awareness on transmission routes of waterborne and hygiene-related diseases and how to block them.
CHAST encourages ‘learning by doing’ and peer learning. It prompts the children to discuss among themselves, practice together and learn from each other, this way promoting a child-to-child approach. It is meant to be participative and fun.
Red Cross Red Crescent CHAST adaptations
Red Cross Red Crescent WASH in Schools examples
External Guidelines and tools
Caritas CHAST resources (2019 editions)
*** Note: CHAST is copyrighted since 2014. ***