Healthy learners are better learners. The foundations of health should be laid down in every school – among which are water, sanitation and hygiene or WASH. Addressing WASH in Schools prevents the most common illnesses among school-age children, develops positive behavior and life skills and helps them to learn better and thrive – ultimately affirming their right to health and education. This is the rationale behind the Department of Education WinS Policy and Guidelines (DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2016) that sets into motion the mechanisms to ensure that Philippine schools promote health-seeking behaviors not only in principle but more importantly in practice. The WinS Booklets offer concrete steps that schools can take to realize this policy. It is anchored on the global concept of the Three Star Approach that helps to prioritize doable essentials to start off and guide your journey to reach the national standards for WinS – one step at a time [From the forward].
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