Providing Clean Water to Schools Can Reduce Absenteeism, Study Shows

Providing Clean Water to Schools Can Reduce Absenteeism, Study Shows

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.”

March Newsletter

March 2014

Friends of STS,

The last two months have been very busy for STS. Since January, we’ve had team members in Guinea, India, Tajikistan and Pakistan working on projects ranging from teacher trainings to early grade reading assessments to school-based health and nutrition workshops.

Thanks to your generous support, STS continues to improve learning standards and outcomes worldwide.