Georgian Public Defender Nino Lomjaria has stated that sanitary situation in the public schools of Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia, where both Georgians and ethnic minorities live, is “alarming.”
Ombudsperson Evaluates Sanitary Condition in Some Kvemo Karti Schools as Alarming
By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, August 21
Lomjaria has addressed Kvemo Kartli municipalities with a recommendation to ensure access to safe water and sanitation.
“The monitoring carried out by the Public Defender’s Office in several schools of Marneuli, Tsalka, Gardabani and Dmanisi municipalities in June 2018 showed that the school environment, infrastructure, access to water and sanitary situation are alarming and need to be urgently improved, which should be seen by the relevant agencies as one of the most important priorities,” Lomjaria’s statement reads.
She says that the monitoring revealed that public schools in the villages of Kvemo Kulari and Nagebi, as well as in Trialeti settlement, are not supplied with water safe for drinking or technical use; the water supply system is not functioning at all.
“The public school of the Imiri village has access to water that is safe only for technical use, while drinking water is fetched by school students and employees from the yards of the local population,” Lomjaria says.
She stated that the situation in the school toilets is anti-sanitary, while the school in the village of Zemo Kulari does not have its toilet at all.
“Students say that they try to go to the toilet only in extreme necessity. In some cases, especially in rural schools, children do not have the opportunity to wash hands or drink enough water,” Lomjaria says.
The Public Defender says that it is necessary to take all available measures to ensure access to water in the mentioned schools, improve the water supply system and school environment, rehabilitate school toilets and ensure their proper functioning, to protect the right of school students and staff to water and sanitation.