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Assessment of Water Quality, Sanitation and Hygiene in Libyan Schools


The overall objective of this survey was to collect, analyse and report reliable data on the quality and safety of water in a representative sample of schools across Libya. This new evidence will inform and focus the emergency and early recovery response of WASH and education sector humanitarian and development programming. This data on WASH facilities in schools will also complement and strengthen future assessments of Libya’s water infrastructure.
Additionally, the study aimed to: 1) to identify the most pressing WASH needs and priorities for Libya’s schools; 2) provide an evidence base that will shape the short and medium-term WASH strategies of Libyan government stakeholders and international partners; and 3) establish specific recommendations for improving water quality and WASH facilities and services in schools in order to attain compliance with sector standards and ensure children have access to safe drinking water.


The survey team sought to obtain a representative sample of all currently operating schools in Libya. From this sample, the team obtained qualitative data from school staff and administrators, and quantitative data from water samples. This data enabled the team to evaluate the WASH situation in schools and establish a baseline to monitor Libya’s progress towards its SDGs goals.

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Assessment Date(s): 
01 Dec 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Participating Organization(s): 
United Nations Children's Fund