Our Toilet Luxuries

On Thursday 19 November 2015 Riverbank was visited by Steve Roberts, from the Montgomery Centre, who told us all about World Toilet Day.

We found out that –

  • 1 in 3 people in the world do not have a basic toilet!
  • Nearly a billion people have to go to the toilet in the open!
  • Sanitation related diseases kill nearly 1000 children every day!

P6-7B thought about how lucky we are to have toilets, bathrooms, showers and, most important of all,…..fresh running water.

We found out about the toilets of different women around the world; from those who went to the toilet outside to those who had heated toilet seats and TVs in their bathrooms.

Following on from this, the pupils sketched their ‘dream bathroom’ and then we thought of four luxuries we would like in our dream bathroom and compared that with four luxuries that people in other parts of the world would like in their toilet.

Our luxuries stretched from underfloor heating to heated toilet seats and glowing accessories. Then we thought about the luxuries some people less fortunate than us may want. A basic toilet would have been a great luxury…one without a flush, even. A toilet with a bit of privacy would have been nice, too. We were shocked to find out how many people simply went outside their home and, if they were lucky, behind some trees or bushes to ‘use the toilet’. We found out a lot about how different people have different toilets and this link was a great help to us. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30027513

We gave Steve Roberts some information on the work we’d done, too. We thought there were others who had much more luxurious bathrooms than we had but we’d rather have what we’ve got than have no toilet at all!


Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water….and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy.

Article 16 – Every child has the right to privacy…….