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What it’s like to teach in… Zambia

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Each morning, my pupils walk from miles away to get to school. With them, they bring a water container. The nearest well is 2.5km away – this is too far for children to go during the day and the journey would interrupt their lessons. So, we built a “tippy-tap” outside each class. These are hands-free wash stands made from jerry cans and sticks, tied together with string. They operate by foot lever to stop any bacteria spreading – the children only touch the soap.

Class monitors are responsible for filling up the tippy-taps and checking them several times a day. Children need somewhere to wash ...

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