Read this story in: – UNICEF (press release) (blog)

What does a toilet mean to you? On 19 November for World Toilet Day, think about what it would be like if you didn’t have a toilet and had to go out in the open.

Think about the 1 in every 8 people who don’t use a toilet and who go out in fields, in the bushes or on the side of the street.

Think about the 800 of children who die every day from preventable diseases caused by poor sanitation, water and hygiene.

Think about the 159 million children under five who are stunted.

On World Toilet Day, join our #BeAThinker campaign and truly consider the importance of toilets in your life and the lives of others.

Ayesha (9) a student at the Mashal Model School, a charity school, in Islamabad says, “Toilets are important because how can they not be important?”
UNICEF PakistanAyesha (9) a student at the Mashal Model School, a charity school, in Islamabad says, “Toilets are important because how can they not be important?”

How to #BeAThinker

Hundreds of people around the world sharing their thoughts on toilets, and you can too. It’s simple:

  1. Pose as a “Thinker,” with your head resting on your hand.
  2. Take a photo of yourself
  3. Share your photo and a thought about toilets or sanitation using the #BeAThinker hashtag

Need inspiration? Here are some thoughts you could share.

I think it’s unfair that nearly 1 billion still people go in the open #BeAThinker

Spare a thought for your toilet: a life-saving invention that stops the spread of deadly diseases. #BeAThinker

Without basic toilets, the lives of children are at risk. Think about it. #BeAThinker

Together, we can raise awareness about the importance of toilets for the survival, growth and development of children.

 

A young boy looks to the camera with his chin in this hand.
UNICEF PakistanHasnain (13) a student at the Mashal Model School, a charity school, in Islamabad says, “No house can be complete without a toilet.”