Water and Education
Halving the proportion of those globally without access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation by 2015 is estimated to result in 272 million more school attendance days a year. The value of deaths averted, based on discounted future earnings, would amount to US$ 3.6 billion a year. (WHO)
Enrollment rates for girls have been shown to improve by over 15% when provided with clean water and toilet facility, because girls no longer have to walk miles every day to fetch water. (UN)
443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness. (UNDP)
In many parts of the developing world, up to 4 out of 10 schools and healthcare facilities lack basic water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. (WHO)
Access to clean water and hygiene results in improved school attendance, higher levels of education, and ultimately economic growth.