The Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Government of Myanmar (GoM), with support from UNICEF, GIZ and Water Aid will host the 6th WASH in Schools (WinS) International Learning Exchange (ILE) from November 27 to December 1, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Previous WinS ILEs have been held in Philippines (2012), India (2013), Laos (2014), Sri Lanka (2015) and Indonesia (2016). The WASH in Schools ILE in Myanmar, is an opportunity to review countries commitments to WinS and continue to build regional learning and partnerships. Over the five days, participants will:

Building on work plans and commitments share updates on WinS progress from each participating country.

Discuss the establishment of country level SDG baselines for WinS

Participate in knowledge sharing technical sessions on critical issues affecting the scale-up of WinS including group handwashing with soap, Monitoring & Evaluation, MHM, Water for Schools, and Operation and Maintenance of WASH facilities in schools.

Learn about Myanmar’s WinS Progress and plans to incorporate the Three Star Approach during organized field visit to the Governments WinS programme


Programme Schedule    Concept Note
Day 1    Day 2    Day 3    Day 5

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017 - Arrival

Arrival in Nay Pyi Taw

Monday, 27 Nov 2017 - Opening & Country Updates 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast 08:00-08:30 Hotels to MICC II Session 1: MICC II 08:30 - 09:45



Opening ceremony


Myanmar Anthem National Anthem (Myanmar)


Minister of Education officially opens the 2017 WinS ILE


UNICEF Myanmar Representative: Ms June Kunugi


Cultural Performance: dance from Nay Pyi Taw (Local Cultural Group)

Photo session

09:45 - 10:15 Coffee Break Session 2: Main Room 10:15 - 10:30

2.1 Introductions, programme overview and conference objectives

Session 3: Main Room 10:30- 11:00

3.1 Global & Regional Update on WinS incl. Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)


3.2 Overview of the 5th ILE Action plan (overall and country level progress)

3.3 Overview of the 5th ILE Action plan (overall and country level progress)


Country Updates: 1


Country Updates: 2

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch Break 13:30-14:00

Country Updates: 3


Country Updates: 4


Country Updates: 5

15:00-15:30 Coffee & Snacks 15:30-16:00

Country Updates: 6


Country Updates: 7


Country Updates: 8

17:00 Drive back to hotel 18:00 - 20:00

Reception and Social event

Venue: Thingaha Hotel

  1. Opening by MC
  2. Cultural dance
  3. Dinner
Tuesday, 28 Nov 2017 - Technical Sessions 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast Session 4: Main Room 08:30-08:45

Welcome & Summary of Day 1

Session 5: Main Room 08:45-11:45

Thematic /Technical Sessions- 1

5.1 Strengthening WinS Monitoring including SDG & EMIS

Christie Chatterley - WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme &
Chander Badloe – Regional Adviser WASH UNICEF EAPRO
All participants will attend this session, session will be 3 hours including short coffee/tea break

Session 6: Main Room 11:45- 12:30

WinS Innovative Approaches & Evidence (1) Key Note Speakers

15-minutes for each speaker; session chairperson: tbc


6.1 Advocate for WinS in Fun way, Chua Hung Meng Board Director, World Toilet Organization

12:00- 12:15

6.2 Nudging and behaviour change, Robert Dreibelbis, LSHTM, UK (recorded)

12:15- 12:30

6.3 Innovative approaches to MHM in WinS & Gender in WASH - EAPRO MHM period tracker and U-report live chat, Patty Alleman & Anu Paudyal Gautam, UNICEF

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break Session 7: Room-tbc 13:30- 16:30

Thematic / Technical sessions 2 & 3

2 parallel sessions; participants will sign up before hand for their choice of one session. Signing of the session by participant will be done on Day 1. Each session will be 3 hours including coffee/ tea break.

7.1 MHM/Gender in WinS

Thérèse Mahon (WaterAid)
Patty Alleman (UNICEF NYHQ)
Anu Paudyal Gautam (UNICEF EAPRO)
Chairperson: tbc

7.2 Accelerating WinS 3 –Star at Scale

(including discussion on ensuring access/availability of WASH facilities in schools)

GIZ –GmbH: Alexander Winkscha, Juan Alfonso Leonardia, Habib Benzian, 
UNICEF NYHQ: Irene Amongin
Chairperson: tbc

Session 8: Main Room 16:30-17:15

8.1 Summary of Thematic / Technical Sessions

10-minutes for each Technical Session Expert/Moderator plus discussion
15 minutes for Question and Answer


8.2 Orientation Field Visits

Briefing and Group Formation

17:30 Back to the hotel Individual dinner in Nay Pyi Taw
Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 - Technical Sessions and Travel to Field Session 9 06:30 - 07:30 Breakfast 07:30 - 08:00 Hotel to MICC 2 08:00 - 08:30

Session 5, Welcome & Summary of Day 3

Session 10: Main Room

WinS Innovative Approaches & Evidence (2)

15-minutes for each speaker, with session chairperson: tbc


10.1 Update Latest WinS research and evidence base, Matthew Freeman, Emory University (by remote)


10.2 WinS O&M, GIZ –GmbH: Alexander Winkscha, Juan Alfonso Leonardia, Habib Benzian


10.3 WASH in Schools Costing Tool, Heather Murphy, Temple University (by remote)


Q&A and plenary discussion on 3 presentations

10:00-10:15 Tea / Coffee break 10:30- 16:00 Travel to Bagan by road (lunch at Myeikhtilia at 12:30) 16:00 Hotel check in, Sightseeing in Bagan, Overnight stay in Bagan (individual dinner)
Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 - Field Visit and return travel to Nay Pay Taw 07:30 - 08:30 Departure for field visit Nyaung U to Magyisu (Myaing) Session 11 08:30 - 10:00

Welcome & Arrangements School Visits:

  • Welcome ceremony at BEMS of Magyi su in Myaing township
  • Welcome speech by the Chief Minister of Magwe Region
  • Remarks by a representative of international delegates
  • Housekeeping updates – details
Session 12: School visits 10:00- 14:00

School Visits

Participants will be divided into 6 groups. Each group will get chance to visit two schools. Lunch will be served during the field trip.
Group 1 & 2 Group 3 & 4 Group 5 & 6
School visit - Observation WinS activities/facilities and discussion with school management, children and community School visit - Observation of WinS activities/ facilities and discussion with school management, children and community School visit - Observation of WinS activities/ facilities and discussion with school management, children and community
14:00 - 18:30 Return travel to Nay Pyi Taw
Friday, 1 Dec 2017 - Country Planning and Closing 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast 08:00 - 08:30 Travel to Conference hall from Hotel Session 13: Main Room 08:30 - 09:30

Feedback from Field Visit

Moderated Plenary Discussion - Debriefing
General observations & reflections on field visit
Session 14: Main Room 9:30-12:00

Country Planning (English)

Countries work on their take-home messages and actions

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break Session 15: Main Room 13:00-15:00

Closing Ceremony

Review of ILE Week
Presentation of ILE Outcome document
Handover of hosting of 2018 ILE
Certificate Ceremony
Formal closing speeches

  • UNICEF - Deputy Representative (Paul Edwards)
  • GiZ
  • Senior Education Officials from other countries
  • MoE, Myanmar
15:00 End of Event
Saturday, 2 Dec 2017 - Depature


Chua Hung Meng

Board Director, World Toilet Organization

Robert Dreibelbis


Patty Alleman


Anu Paudyal Gautam


Matthew Freeman

Emory University

Heather Murphy

Temple University

Alexander Winkscha

Juan Alfonso Leonardia

Habib Benzian


Country Presentation Guideline: Each participating country will be expected to update their progress via a short audio-visual presentation that will have to be prepared in advance.  Therefore, participating countries are encouraged to prepare a short video clip about their WinS programme progress.

WinS ILE 5th Report


U Khin Aung, Director

Department of Basic Education, Ministry of Education Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar


WASH Section

UNICEF Myanmar