Be a Thinker

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.”

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Comments:

  1. Toilets are most important in every household so as to avoid the spread of contagious diseases, and it would certainly promote personal hygiene , especially in children .

  2. I am very proud to participate in Be a thinker campaign. Thanks to organisers for giving this nice opportunity.

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

  4. Lets contribute to make world a better place for everyone. Lets be human enough & share compassion and love for other fellow ones who dont have proper santitation today.

  5. Little things turns great..This is an innovative platform especially for Africa where I belong

  6. World Toilet Day 2015:
    Let’s fulfil in all areas one of the basics needs that stops the spread of diseases. We will save the lives of our children at risk!

  7. Some politicians or healthy people in developping countries need to live 2 or 3 days in a house without modern toilettes. After that, they must resign quickly or they must do something quickly to improve the situation !

  8. without basic toilets we are risking life’s of many. these initiatives guide us and highlight the fields which need attention. thanks UNICEF.

  9. Toilets is useful for protection from diseases as well as crime against woman mostly in sexual crimes at night mostly in villages ladies when go to toilet outside home they become victims of rape and girl child also targeted by criminals

  10. It is very much inconvenient to lack a convenience facility in a house hold. By setting aside a a special day globally, the UNICEF is stressing the need by all Governments to support families and communities to have at least one convenience per each household.

  11. If we didn’t have toilets I would imagine that this world be a smellier place!. I am so thankful for all the little luxuries that we have in life. This is a great experience for children to understand and appreciate the little things in life.