In America, we have long taken the implementation of separate bathrooms for boys and girls in school for granted. Indeed, with the trend toward gender-neutral and family bathrooms in a wider range of public places, it seems unthinkable that the most basic of divisions wouldn’t exist in something so ubiquitous as a school. However, girls in India have often been kept from attending school in part because they didn’t have a usable toilet.
The Indian government is working to change that, though, and hope to have their goal accomplished by the country’s Independence Day (August 15), as promised by their current Prime Minister, Narenda Modi. This seems in line with the country’s general move toward better sanitation, and we look forward to celebrating with them in spirit as their country continues to provide better health and better opportunities for all its citizens.