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'Parent Community' for Children's Wellbeing NGO
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Water Is Important In School

We are seeking a sociologist and a nutritionist to cooperate with us for this important project. 

How did you drink water when you were in school? 

If you didn't go to a private school in Armenia, you probably drank water from the school restrooms using your palms, a cup, a bottle, or you didn't drink water at all while at school. 

It turns out this trend continues today. Drinking water is mainly located in the school restroom, which most children avoid using for various reasons. In 2019, the Office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia studied water and sanitation issues in 120 schools across Armenia and found that in 61% of said schools children drink water from the faucet using their palms or a communal cup. These two methods of drinking water are risky in terms of spreading infections and are simply not dignified ways of drinking water

Parents usually send drinking water to school with their children; however, this poses several problems:

1. extra weight added to the school bag,

2. extra financial expense for the family, because reusable and safe water containers are not always affordable for all, 

3. usage of additional plastic and creation of extra waste

However, drinking water in school must be accessible for all children, because they spend a significant part of their day at school. Insufficient quantities of water may affect not only children's wellbeing, concentration, and memory during classes, but also their overall health, maintenance of their sense of thirst, weight gain, and other health indicators. 

That's why the Parent Community' for Children's Wellbeing NGO has initiated the 'Water is Important in School' campaign to explore access to drinking water in schools, the reasons for taking water to school from home, barriers to drinking water in school, the importance of the issue for all parties involved, and to offer an affordable and available solution for schools. 

WHAT WE NEED

We are seeking a sociologist and a nutritionist to cooperate with and conduct this research toward a possible solution, as a result of which access to drinking water will be included in the comprehensive sanitation structure of schools, thereby improving the daily wellbeing of our children every day while at school.   

Dear sociologists, join our project, help us generate a questionnaire, determine the research sample size, assess the needs, collect and analyze data, and present it to the public and all relevant authorities.   

Dear nutritionists, join our project, help us formulate the nutrition portion of the research questionnaire and conduct focus group discussions. 

Let's work together to find a solution for this important issue and improve our children's daily wellbeing at school. Together, we can change the culture of drinking water in our school for our children once and for all

When I was in school, I remember the drinking water and using the restroom in general was a problem in school, because it smelled terribly. I would come home very thirsty. Now my kids don't use the restrooms for the same reasons. 

Marine Hovhannisyan, parent

For years, I have been sending water to school with my kids, because drinking water is in the restroom, which is not convenient to use. It is not welcome to use tap water from the restroom.

Astghik Safaryan, parent

When the brain does not want to drink water in uncomfortable situations, it naturally makes the feeling of thirst slowly subside. 

Lidia Ayvazyan, doctor-nutritionist

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Water Is Important In School

Let's make drinking water accessible, sanitary, and dignified in school

'Parent Community' for Children's Wellbeing NGO
071E5EEA-A8F3-46FC-9DF6-A3413669FE3F@3x

1 collaboration proposal