A thirst for education
Headteacher Jeremiah Mueke shares his thoughts on the impacts of school water tanks.
In many African countries, children are expected to bring water to school for cooking, cleaning and drinking. Collecting this water steals hours from every child’s school day. Sometimes, during periods of drought, collecting water might take a whole day. This means days of school missed and long distances travelled in the midday heat.
That's why Excellent Development supports self-help groups to build water tanks at their local schools.
Making water available at schools means children can spend more time learning. Having a free and available water supply also keeps children hydrated - helping them to make the most out of each school day.
Water tanks store rainwater collected from school roofs. A typical school roof in Kenya collects up to 100,000 litres of water every rainfall. They last at least 25 years and require little maintenance. Each one provides water and opportunity for generations of children.
Here's what one headteacher, Jeremiah Mueke, thinks about them.
We are doing very well because we no longer struggle looking for water ... Even if [children] come to school without water from their homes, they are sure of getting water here in school ... I would like pupils to succeed in their exams since they no longer have a water problem. I expect them to study and pass their exams and go to good national schools.
Jeremiah Mueke, Headteacher, Kamuithi Primary School