Spending money on curriculum development and teacher training is an ineffective way to improve outcomes if students are regularly ill from drinking unsafe water.
A recent study published by an English university underscores the importance of students having access to clean water. Researchers investigated whether giving clean water to select schools in Cambodia boosted attendance rates. As this article reveals, the results were undeniable. The research found that during the dry season, “children without access to clean water were about 2.5 times more likely to be absent from school than children where water was provided.”