GHHG Discussion Series on COVID-19: "Back to School in Times of COVID-19: Introducing Fit for School - Technical Assistance for Effective School Health"
The Global Health Hub Germany (GHHG) continues its discussion series on COVID-19 on Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 2 - 3 pm CEST, focusing on the topic "Back to School in times of COVID-19: Introducing Fit for School - Technical Assistance for Effective School Health".
The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many governments around the world to take action and to close public institutions such as schools in order to slow down the transmission of the virus. When reopening, schools can’t just go back to normal. Social distancing and strict hygiene, cleaning and disinfection routines are needed to ensure a safe operation of schools. This poses challenges for all schools, but especially for schools where adequate WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) systems are not (yet) in place. And while COVID-19 is unlikely to become a neglectable factor anytime soon, school administrations have to prepare themselves to adapt pandemic /disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.
Dr. Bella Monse, working for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the Philippines, will take a deep dive into the activities of the GIZ Regional Fit For School Programme, supporting the Education Ministries in the Philippines, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Indonesia to implement strategies designed to improve WASH in schools. In addition, Jan-Christoph Schlenk (GIZ Sector Programme for Sustainable Sanitation) will discuss technology transfer in the area of WASH from Asia to Africa and Germany. Antje Merten, school principal at Teltow Grundschule Berlin in Germany, will give practical insights while sharing her experiences with routine handwashing at a Berlin School. Finally, Nicole Siegmund, head ofGIZ Regional Fit For School Programme, will draw the conclusion by focusing on how to be fit for pandemics.