If the click of a mouse could open up an entire range of data on a school in a remote area of India, planning would become better and funds would reach the right place.
UNICEF has been able to accomplish this in Tamil Nadu through the use of the a Geographic Information System supported by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). It has ensured an efficient distribution of funds to schools that need toilets and drinking water facilities under the government’s Total Sanitation Campaign, based on data collected systematically from the state’s over 31,000 primary schools. This has helped map details of water, sanitation and hygiene education in all of the state’s schools.
Started in Erode district, the project was initially expanded to cover three more districts. Soon the results prompted the state government to expand the initiative to all of its 30 districts. The plan has been shared at the national level as a model for all districts targeted by the Total Sanitation Campaign.