Toilets Making the Grade® (TMG) is a competition. Schools in Uganda can compete for the best improvement of hand washing, sanitation and general hygiene.
Work with the means available to your school based on your individual assessment. When you develop a good TMG concept you can protect everyone at your school and win a prize for the best competition entry.
You will find the timeline and the necessary steps for the competition on this page below.
Dear Students, Parents, Teachers, Colleagues and Friends,
It is a great pleasure to support the “Toilets Making the Grade” school competition in our schools. I am extremely excited about the uniqueness of this competition which addresses all people at school and brings them together to work on solutions for challenges related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
With better cleanliness and safe hygiene in our schools, we will learn in a healthier environment which enables us to perform better! There is a direct inter-connection between school attendance, health, clean school toilets and proper handwashing.
Therefore, it is so crucial to improve the sanitation and hygiene situation in our schools.
I was so thrilled about the first TMG school competition in Uganda, that took place in Kampala in 2018/19 under the leadership of the Kampala Capital City Authority. It was a great success and a memorable event.
The same competition has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and Sports for countrywide up-scaling, in partnership with the GIZ programme Sanitation for Millions and the German Toilet Organization.
As your participation is the driver of success, I wish you good ideas and a lot of joy during the development of your proposals and look forward to seeing the creativity, innovativeness and team-work in your schools.
For God and My Country!
Dr. Cleophus Mugenyi TMG Patron
Schools can decide to participate in the TMG competition. The school management and the future TMG team should be willing to commit to the TMG process when registering.
Your team must include at least two learners (pupils/students), one school administrator, one teacher, one parent and one caretaker/cleaner.
Register through the link on the top right of this page.
Carry out the ‘4 Senses’ inspection and the ‘Root Causes of the Problem’ exercise.
Develop solutions to those problems in three categories:
(2) Raising awareness and
(3) Organisational matters and responsibilities
Based on your assessment AND the three star monitoring criteria.
Please hand in your TMG proposal through this website.
Once you are registered and logged in, you can see the upload form. If you can't submit online, please contact your local government for paper forms.
You can log in on the top right of this page. The upload button for your proposal can also be found there.
Work together as a team towards improving your school toilets, wash rooms and handwashing facilities
With your improvements, try to reach the next level of your three star benchmarking. Success!
Three star monitoring takes place in term 2 as a school self-assessment or through a visit of your education officer.
You can find out more from the "WinS Models That Work, user guide" or from your local government.
The jury wants to see the impact of the activities that the schools are implementing and the hygiene and sanitation situation of the school.
Until then schools have time to kick-off their activities. If activities are not exactly done as explained in the proposal, but adapted to the actual needs, there is no problem. The jury will hear your reasons.
The winning schools will receive their laudatio at the official TMG award ceremony in each of the three areas.
While you make your school more pleasant and promote health, you can also win attractive prizes and showcase your achievements to the public and the school authorities.
Schools are offered to participate in TMG by the local government. Only in Kamapla all schools can register.
The competition takes place at your school!
Yes, your team should represent different groups from your school.
The team should include school management, teachers, students, maintainers, parents and non-teaching staff. You can only participate and win with a team.
Your proposal comprises of:
1) School details: School name, school type, location and postal address, phone numbers, email and website (if available), and contact person
2) Problem analysis
The results of your self-analysis on challenges and their root causes for hygiene and sanitation (4 Senses Inspection and “Root Causes of the Problem” Exercise). Refer to step 2 on page 16 in the Competition Guidelines and have your analysis tabulated as displayed on page 17 in the Competition Guidelines.
3) Proposed solutions and their sustainability
What routines, standards, schedules and resources are you going to implement to keep toilets, washrooms and handwashing facilities functional, usable and clean over time? Refer to step 3 on page 18 in the Competition Guidelines.
Also include a list of collaborations you may need, how to motivate everyone at school to take part, and importantly who does what and when to improve hygiene and sanitation at your school long term.
4) Documentation of your self-analysis process and the implementation of your activities
Supplement your proposal with other forms of presentation content such as drawings, posters, photos (jpg format, max 10 photos, max file size 2 MB), a self-made video clip (youtube-compatible format, max 5 minutes). This can be one team picture, one picture of each activity implemented or one picture showing the snapshot of your process.
5) Team members
Add a list of your actively involved team members. Remember your team must include at least two learners (pupils/students), one school administrator, one teacher, one parent and one caretaker/cleaner.
Your proposal should be signed by the school’s head teacher or a person of similar authority.
The best entries are defined as those with a coherent set of activities based on your participatory self-analysis with your complete team.
Criteria to win are:
How broad is the support for the concept at the school (participating stakeholder groups)?
*Ideas that are implementable by the school*
*Quality of the problem analysis*
Have the underlying root causes of transmission at the school been investigated?
Concept contains a coherent set of activities to achieve/improve health-promoting, appreciated, safe sanitation and hygiene services at their specific school.
An unbiased team from local government with support from GIZ will assess your proposal.
In the second phase, a high-level jury will visit the schools. According to the school’s performance during the visit and its proposal, the jury will determine winning schools.
Find more answers to Frequently Asked Questions in the specific "FAQ" section. You can also downnload and read the Competition Guidlelines in the "Downloads" section.
Find the contact of your supprt person to answer your questions directly under “Contact”.
You find these sections in the menu which you can reach through the button on the top left of this page. These are the three little horizontal stripes.