[NEPAL] The government is all set to construct girl-friendly toilets in 5500 community schools throughout the country to enroll more girl students in the schools. The government has allocated Rs. 1.1 billion [US$ 15 million] for the purpose. According to Department of Education, the drop out rate of girl students has increased due to lack of girl-friendly toilet in schools.
KABUL, 13 October 2010 (IRIN) - Mustafa, aged nine, has to go home to relieve himself because the only toilet in Ilhaqya-e-Anwar Bismel primary school in Kabul has been closed for over three months.
"We either go home or relieve ourselves wherever we can outside the school," said Mustafa.
"We had a toilet but it has been clogged for some time," said Aisha, a teacher, adding that the children had to use toilets in a nearby school or go home.
Drinking water was only available from a lidless container placed in the open, and there were no handwashing facilities in the school, where over 4,000 students, grades 1-3, are enrolled.
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