The German government and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation will jointly promote and implement the Fit for School regional programme.
The aim of this project is to improve the health and education of pre- and primary school children in Southeast Asia by introducing a regionally coordinated approach that improves sanitation facilities while institutionalising hygiene practices like washing hands and brushing teeth into the daily schedule of school activities.
There will also be regular school-based deworming programmes.
The German government will provide ¤6 million (Bt247 million) for the project, with total cost of ¤11.9 million over the next three years.
The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology, which is based in the Philippines, will work closely with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement the project.
The German government has been an associate member of SEAMEO since 1990 and has supported the organisation in many fields through its agencies the German Academic Exchange Service and GIZ. The exchange of notes took place at the German Embassy in Bangkok on Friday.