Dirty water creates an education drain
- By: Vittal Katikireddi
A lack of clean water and sanitation is a leading cause of 104 million children worldwide being unable to attend school, says a new report, The Education Drain, published by the charity WaterAid.
The report shows that many children in Africa and Asia are too sick to attend school after using dirty water and do not have time to attend school because they have to walk miles to collect water for their families. The UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) backs up this report in a new Water Action Plan, which says that a lack of clean water has detrimental effects on education.
David Waterhouse, a policy officer for WaterAid said, “A child dies every 15 seconds from water related diseases. That is like 20 jumbo jets crashing every day. Most of these deaths are preventable. Other water and sanitation related problems like hookworm and roundworm increase the terrible