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WASH in Schools Target ChallengeRotary International 29 March 2016
Welcome to todays webinar, WASH in Schools Target Challenge
Welcome to the webinarErica GwynnTarget Challenge ManagerArea of Focus Manager Water and SanitationRotary International
My name is Erica Gwynn and I am the manager for the Rotary Water and Sanitation Area of Focus and co-Manager of the WASH in Schools Target Challenge. My colleague, Mary Jo Jean-Francois, who is the Area of Focus Manager for Basic Education and Literacy, is the co-managing this Target Challenge with me. You will have the chance to meet her in the next webinar. Thank you for joining us today. I will be moderating todays session. For the next 60 minutes we will discuss the Rotary WASH in Schools Target Challenge pilot program. Im excited for the information we will be sharing with you today.
Let me begin by introducing Trustee Sushil Gupta who will be welcoming you all to this webinar series. 2
Welcome remarks from Trustee Sushil Gupta:Trustee Sushil GuptaChair of the WASH in Schools CommitteeRotary Foundation Trustee 2014-18
Trustee Sushil Gupta is a committed Rotarian who is passionate about ensuring the success of WASH in Schools Target Challenge. He led the effort to create the Target Challenge strategy by working with fellow Rotarians, Rotary Staff and colleagues at UNICEF. In addition to being a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, he also chairs the WASH in Schools Target Challenge committee, which guides and directs the pilot program.
Please welcome Trustee Sushil. 3
The benefits to you are:Fully understand the Target Challenge: its structure, goals and expectations Know the recognition process
Hello everyone and welcome to the Rotary WASH in Schools Target Challenge webinar series. The first of the two-part webinar series which will introduce the Target Challenge.
The development of the Target Challenge pilot has been an on-going process for both Rotary staff and club members. As a result, we understand there might be some uncertainty as to what the expected outcome of this pilot is, the expectations, and how everyone can be involved. The objective of this Rotary WASH in Schools Target Challenge two part webinar series is to provide clarity in order to work together to kick start a successful two year pilot program. In addition to these webinars, other training opportunities will be available to you and your districts. I am working closely with Erica Gwynn, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Manager and Mary Jo Jean-Francois, Basic Education and Literacy Manager, to bring trainings to your district and to provide you with materials that can guide you on your projects and how to be properly recognized for your efforts. 4
Students attend a Rotary-sponsored school in the village of Nabapally outside Kolkata, India.
This Target Challenge is special to me because I understand the great benefit of clean water, sanitation and hygiene in schools as well as the benefit that a quality education can bring to children. In India, we have many challenges, but we also have great hope that we find in our children. It is my hope that this project brings many children to school, allows them to attend school everyday and provides them with a higher quality education than they were receiving before.
I look forward to working with all of you and remain committed to supporting you as you undertake these very projects.
You will learn:Rotary Target ChallengePDG Carolyn JohnsonPDG Bimal KantariaQ&A
In the next 60 minutes, we will give you a quick history of the Target Challenge and explain a bit about the structure within Rotary. We have two PDGs joining us who will cover the Target Challenge expectations along with the recognition aspect. We hope todays webinar will provide you with the essential information regarding Rotarys target challenge and help clarify some questions you may have.
Please look out for more information on the second part to this series in the near future. Im sure we are all excited to get started on designing WASH in Schools projects, we ask you to join us for the second webinar as we will go further in-depth on some best practices for project design.
Thank you for joining me in this exciting initiative. Now I will turn it over to Erica.
Rotary WASH in Schools
Did you know that in 2013-14, out of 189 Water & Sanitation grants, 51 were for WASH in School. And in 2014-15, there were a total of 81 WASH in Schools grants out of 302. That means that 27% of Water & Sanitation grants are geared towards implementing holistic projects in schools! Take a look at the screen to see a global snapshot of the WASH in Schools grants for 2014-15.
Rotarians increasing interest in this sector helped lead to the creation of the Target Challenge. 7
After seeing these numbers, lets get a sense of how many members of our audience have developed a WASH in Schools program.
[Launch poll, read question, & review poll results]
Have you or your club ever developed a WASH in Schools program?
Thanks for participating in the poll. 8
Target Challenge OverviewHistory
Lets begin with a brief overview of the Rotary WASH in Schools Target Challenge.
The Target Challenge was created as a result of a recommendation to the Rotary Trustees in 2013. The idea behind the Target Challenge is to see the impact Rotarians can make through one program in two areas of Focus. WASH in Schools was selected as that program because it incorporates two very popular Areas of Focus: Water Sanitation and Hygiene and Basic Education & Literacy. In 2014, with the leadership of Trustee Sushil Gupta and a working group appointed by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation, a strategy was developed with a framework to assist Rotarians in doing WASH in Schools Projects. In April of 2015, this strategy was adopted as a pilot program by The Rotary Foundation.
Target Challenge OverviewWhy WASH in Schools?
The target challenge will pilot in 5 countries: India, Kenya, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. These countries were selected because of the high-volume of global grants and service projects Rotarians conduct in the areas of WASH and Basic Education and Literacy. If you live in one of these countries, you will have several opportunities to receive training on the target challenge and its expected requirements and outcomes. We will share best practices with you and we hope you share some of yours with us, as well as any lessons you may learn along the way. Once your projects are complete, you may submit your projects for potential recognition at the district or Rotary International level. Recognition will begin in July 2016 and will be done through July 2018. Continue listening for more information on this piece.
Target Challenge OverviewTarget Challenge structure
Although many of you have done WASH in Schools projects, this program approaches things differently than you may have in the past. A great amount of attention in this program is put on behavior change and working with school parents and staff to build their capacity and their understanding of sanitation and hygiene. Our panellists will describe this to you in greater detail later on, and please feel free to ask questions if you would like more information on any component or if something seems confusing.
This program is an exciting opportunity for Rotarians throughout the world. Whether you live in one of the five pilot countries or can support it in other ways such as a project sponsor, it is our hope that you can participate in this program and help make it to be a success. Keep in mind as you hear about the Target Challenge, that the challenge itself is to do higher-quality projects. In order to do high quality projects, you may have to work in less schools than you would like. Thats ok.
The foundation of the Target Challenge lies in this framework. The framework you see is a draft version and will be sent to you after the webinar. Think of this document as a template for your projectlaying out some requirements for a strong project and for recognition.
Recognition for completion of the levels is only given at the first, second, and third levels. However, the framework includes a pre-requisite level that must be completed before moving onto the first level. The pre-requisite level is meant to prepare you and the school for implementing activities in the next levels. This preparation is done through some activities such as conducting a community assessment and reaching out to key players that will be involved throughout the project. This is really a planning process, a step necessary when designing a sustainable project.
Lets review some of the terms used in order to understand how you can use this framework.
Starting on the left side of the screen, interventions describes the activity, or objective, that falls under a particular level. Each intervention listed for a level must be completed before you are able to receive recognition for that level. There is not particular order within each level that activities should be done and you may find through your community assessment that some interventions are already completed. For example, after completing a community assessment, you might find that improved water is indeed ava