OpenWASH

OpenWASH

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Welcome to OpenWASH


OpenWASH is a set of innovative learning resources launched in 2016 by The Open University in partnership with World Vision Ethiopia and UNICEF through the ONEWASH PLUS programme, funded by UK aid from the UK Government. OpenWASH supports the Government of Ethiopia’s One WASH National Programme which aims to radically improve the provision of safe water and sanitation and bring significant benefits to millions of people.

The five OpenWASH modules focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in urban areas. They are designed primarily for students who are training to work in the sector but can also be used for in-service training of new employees and by more experienced practitioners seeking to improve their knowledge and skills on specific topics.

The modules can be used separately or in combination. They can be studied by any individual on their own but are also accompanied by a Trainers’ Handbook that provides guidance on how the modules can be used in a variety of teaching contexts.

The OpenWASH modules have been created as Open Educational Resources (OER) published under a Creative Commons licence. This means they are free to download, adapt and use. Although developed specifically for Ethiopia, the resources can also be adapted for the WASH sector in other countries in support of the United Nations’ Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs).

If you use or are planning to use the modules we would love to hear from you! You can contact us to give feedback or ask us questions at OUDO-International-Enquiries@open.ac.uk

To explore the OpenWASH modules follow the links below.

Find out more about the OneWASH programme from Dr Samuel Godfrey, WASH Section Chief at UNICEF Ethiopia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnwJ1iP1nVE

  • OpenWASH Trainers' Handbook

    OpenWASH Trainers' Handbook

    This Trainers’ Handbook is part of the OpenWASH learning resources.

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    Free course

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Ethiopia’s One WASH National Programme

    Ethiopia’s One WASH National Programme

    Ethiopia’s One WASH National Programme is one of five modules in the OpenWASH learning resources.

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    Free course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • WASH: Context and Environment

    WASH: Context and Environment

    WASH: Context and Environment is one of five modules in the OpenWASH learning resources.

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    Free course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Urban Water Supply

    Urban Water Supply

    Urban Water Supply is one of five modules in the OpenWASH learning resources.

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    Free course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

    Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

    Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management is one of five modules in the OpenWASH learning resources.

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    Free course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Urban WASH: Working with People

    Urban WASH: Working with People

    Urban WASH: Working with People is one of five modules in the OpenWASH learning resources.

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    Free course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

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