To making toilets in German schools more attractive
Hansgrohe supports the non-profit German Toilet Organization e.V. (GTO), together with its nationwide competition “Toiletten machen Schule” (Toilets Make the Grade). The goal of the GTO is to make school toilets and washrooms more hygienic and more attractive. Not least in order to contain flu outbreaks or viral epidemics. Besides Hansgrohe, other project partners are Villeroy & Boch, 3B Dienstleistungen and CWS-boco.
79 schools from across Germany took part in the GTO competition; four of these scooped the top prize, winning newly renovated school toilets. Hansgrohe donated basin mixers to the primary school in Weissensee in Berlin, as well as another school in the capital city, one in Pattensen near Hannover and one near Saarbrücken. The Black Forest company also provided financial support for the renovation of the sanitary facilities.
Increasing awareness of hygiene, containing flu outbreaks
In Weissensee, for example, Hansgrohe installed non-contact, and therefore exceptionally hygienic, electronic mixers from its Focus range. The primary school impressed the GTO jury with its creative concept. This included elements such as the “Klasse vom Dienst” (Class on Duty), whose job it is to keep an eye on the condition of its new “Ceramic Department” on a rotational basis. Other features include a toilet quiz, a play and an annual school toilet day. The GTO deemed the concept extremely worthy of its support, and gave the go-ahead for a comprehensive upgrade of the school's toilets.
Two thirds of Berlin schoolchildren avoid the school toilets
The GTO is a non-profit association founded in 2005 in Berlin. Its goals are protection of the environment and the promotion of health through clean, sustainable washrooms, toilets and wastewater systems – in Europe as well as in developing countries. A survey by the GTO revealed that 75 percent of Berlin schoolchildren avoid their school toilets. Insufficient investment is one problem, but so is a lack of appreciation for the toilets themselves. Vandalism and graffiti are now the norm. Moreover, a lot of school administrators are used to having to cordon off toilets and put up with a lack of soap or loo paper.
Get involved in the campaign for better school toilets.
The GTO requires various levels of support: financial, political, organisational or active. Find out all about the campaign here toiletten-machen-schule.de.
Incidentally: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), only a third of all people wash their hands with soap after going to the toilet or before eating. With fatal consequences: according to UNICEF, all over the world around 3,600 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoea.