Access to clean water, sanitation and hygienic spaces is a human right, just as important as the right to education in Mali. When they are in poor health, children cannot give the full measure of their learning abilities. Many children of school age in Mali suffer from infections caused by worms which, as research shows, decrease their learning abilities. Macrowaste and its partners allocate resources to improve the health of school-age children by promoting the benefits of good hygiene and the consequences of insalubrity. Schools have a major responsibility in the health and well-being of children by providing either a healthy or an unhealthy environment. Schools can be key factors in changing children behaviors by teaching them valuable and practical skills in the fight against insalubrity.
Teachers must serve as role models not only for children but also within the community. For example, newly acquired hygiene practices at school can create a positive lifestyles change at home. Schoolchildren can influence the behavior of their family members - both adults and siblings - and thereby exert a positive influence on the entire community.