The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is an international organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in Southeast Asia. SEAMEO has 20 specialist institutions that undertake training and research programs in various fields of education, science, and culture. Each Regional Centre has a Governing Board composed of senior education officials from each SEAMEO Member Country. INNOTECH is the SEAMEO the Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology.


The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) is the main regional implementation partner of the Fit for School Program. With its mandate to promote research and development of innovative approaches and capacity development in the education sector, SEAMEO INNOTECH collaborates with GIZ towards strengthening school-based management of WASH and health programs in Southeast Asian schools.


The GIZ Regional Fit for School Programme collaborates with the Regional Center for Food and Nutrition of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO RECFON) to strengthen the link and synergies between school sanitation and nutrition. Through this collaboration, the programme supports the development of models for the integrated school-based management of WASH and nutrition programs in schools.

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Susana network

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is an informal network of people and organizations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation and who want to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG6. GIZ currently provides the SuSanA secretariat.


GIZ works with UNICEF in mainstreaming the ‘Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools’ and in supporting its implementation as adapted to each country’s context. Through learning exchange platforms and collaborative research on global and regional level (UNICEF EAPRO and ROSA), both agencies share lessons towards effective implementation of WinS programmes.

GLOBAL wins network

The WinS Network is a global inter-agency network working towards improving WASH services in schools around the world. Everyone can engage in the WinS Network, from governmental institutions, development agencies, United Nations, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, academia, to development banks, philanthropists, private sector, civil societies and donors. The network is currently coordinated by representatives from UNICEF, GIZ, WaterAid, Save the Children, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Emory University. GIZ, through the Fit for School programme, is providing secretarial support to the work of the network. 

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Through information exchange and synergy-oriented coordination, GIZ collaborates with WHO-WPRO in the area of school-based approaches to improve health of school-aged children and in addressing relevant public health problems within the region, such as soil-transmitted helminths and other hygiene-related diseases, as well as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

parTners in academia 

  • The Regional Fit for School Programmehas worked with the following academic institutions in the implementation of the Fit for School Programme Assessment Study, which evaluated the impact of the programmeon health, WASH, and education indicators:
  • Academic Center for Dentistry, Amsterdam
  • Free University of Amsterdam (ACTA), Netherlands
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • New York University, College of Dentistry, USA
  • New York University, WHO Collaborating Center Quality Improvement & Evidence-based Dentistry, USA
  • Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
  • University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Health Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Lao PDR
  • University of Oklahoma, USA
  • University of the Philippines – College of Public Health, Philippines
  • University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health, Philippines

eco soap bank

Eco Soap Bank is a social business providing employment for local women by recycling soap bars from hotels and soap shavings from soap-producing factory sites. Fit for School has been cooperating with Eco Soap Bank especially in Cambodia, where Eco Soap Bank has donated over 200,000 soap bars for students in schools located in Fit for School target provinces, thereby supporting the implementation of daily hygiene activities and moving towards reaching the Minimum Requirement Guidelines for WASH in Schools. Collaboration in the region and on global level is currently being explored.