Projects & Activities - Outreach & Education

Happy Toilet School Education Programme (HTSE)

Often than not, we hear people commenting that Singapore's public toilets are dirty, smelly and wet, especially in common places such as hawker centers.

However, whose responsibility is it - the cleaners or users or both? Users play an equally important role in keeping the toilets clean; clean toilets are not merely the responsibility of cleaners. As a user, by practising simple toilet etiquette, the toilets can be a cleaner and more hygiene environment for everyone to use.

As such, we need to groom Singaporeans from young to be more gracious and considerate toilet users. We need to start educating the young - the future of our society - about good toilet etiquette and inculcating the right social values in them.

This is especially important since young children are usually susceptible to harmful bacteria and virus. Good toilet habits such as washing your hands with soap after use are good preventive measures in protecting themselves against contagious diseases such as SARS, HFMD (Hand Foot & Mouth Disease) and norovirus gastroenteritis (gastric flu).

To reach out to the young, RAS (a Community Involvement Programme approved organization) has initiated a public health educational programme for the primary and secondary school students.

The Happy Toilet School Education (HTSE) programme is an ongoing fun educational initiative that is set out to achieve the following objectives:

  • Inculcate Good Toilet Etiquette, Personal Hygiene Habits and Social Responsibility in the Students.
  • Raise the Cleanliness Standards and Overall Image of School Toilets.
  • Support the 'Singapore's OK' Programme for Schools.
There are five phases for primary schools and four phases for secondary schools.

Primary schools:
  • Phase 1

  • A workshop for 15 to 40 Restroom Ambassadors, hand picked by you and other teachers in charge. It would be a 45 minute to 1 hour training workshop involving the teaching of hygiene and responsibilities as Restroom Ambassadors along with offering ideas on how the toilets can be decorated.

  • Phase 2

  • A 20 to 25 minute assembly talk for the school educating them on toilet hygiene and germs and bacteria.

  • Phase 3

  • The Loo activity whereby the Restroom Ambassadors along with the chosen classes or clubs come together to plan, and perform the chosen activity. i.e. decorating your school toilets. This could take between 1 to 4 months depending on the number of toilets your school has chosen to decorate (minimum of 2)

  • Phase 4

  • Audit and certification. One of us would come down to audit and certify the cleanliness and decorations of the toilets that are done up

  • Phase 5

  • Recognition of achievement. Presentation of plaques and certificate.
Secondary schools:
  • Phase 1

  • Workshop for 15 to 40 Restroom Ambassadors, hand picked by you and other teachers in charge. It would be a 45 minute to 1 hour training workshop involving the teaching of hygiene and responsibilities as Restroom Ambassadors along with offering ideas on how the toilets can be decorated.

  • Phase 2

  • The Loo activity whereby the Restroom Ambassadors along with the chosen classes or clubs come together to plan, and perform the chosen activity. i.e. decorating your school toilets. This could take between 1 to 4 months depending on the number of toilets your school has chosen to decorate (minimum of 2)

  • Phase 3

  • Audit and certification. One of us would come down to audit and certify the cleanliness and decorations of the toilets that are done up

  • Phase 4

  • Recognition of achievement. Presentation of plaques and certificate.
Supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the HTSE programme has improved the cleanliness and users' behaviour in many schools. Since its official launch in July 2005, more than 200 primary and secondary schools have actively participated in this fun and enriching programme.

The programme had received massive media coverage both locally and globally.

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Hear what the schools have to say about this programme:

"Through this programme pupils and staff have realised the importance of toilet hygiene. Due to its success implementation of this programme we would like to continue utilise this programme for school as its part of character development that pupils need to know about maintaining toilet hygiene. Thank you RAS for this environmental friendly programme."
Miss Mumtaz, CIP Coordinator
Bukit View Primary School


"It was a pleasant surprise to visit the newly decorated Happy Toilets in our school. We are now more conscious of our behaviour in the school toilets."
Dilys Hoh & Alison Ling, Students of Primary 4I
Nan Chiau Primary School


"The project has set the students thinking on the importance of keeping the toilets clean and how it affects the environment."
Ms Tan Mui Mui, Teacher of Class 1D 2006
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)


"My friends and I find it a pleasant experience to use our newly-decorated Happy Toilets. We are proud of our school toilets now as we have played a part in making it a more comfortable place for our schoolmates."
Lai Xing Lai, Student of Class 1H 2006
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)


"As a team leader in Chong Boon's Happy Toilet School Education Programme, I have picked up some management skills and learnt more about teamwork. My school mates and I are also more conscious of our toilet hygiene now."
Tan Kuan Ann, Student of 4TA 2006
Chong Boon Secondary School


"It is very encouraging to see the students being so enthusiastic about their school toilets and completing the toilet decorations with minimal supervision. I would definitely encourage other schools to take on the Happy Toilet School Education Programme to foster a sense of ownership in students towards their school toilets."
Mr Tan Suan Teck, Operations Manager
Chong Boon Secondary School



Happy Toilet Journey to Mee Toh School by Young Global Leaders

Five Young Global Leaders (YGLs) from the World Economic Forum had a special "Happy Toilet Learning Journey" on 23 June 2007 at Mee Toh School whereby they visited toilets like "Mowee World" & "Wee Wee City". Decorated by the students of Mee Toh School, the toilets were an impressive showcase of their artistic creativity which wowed the YGLs.

Co-hosted by RAS, our President, Ms Tan Puay Hoon also shared RAS's works and the Happy Toilet School Education Programme with them. Valuable opinions and ideas were exchanged between RAS staff and the YGLs.



HTSE Seminar

To introduce this programme to schools, RAS organizes a mass introductory talk every year.

Who should attend the talk:
  • Principals & Vice-Principals
  • CIP / Service Learning Coordinators
  • Teachers-in-charge of Green / Environment Club
  • Environment Education Advisors
  • Health Education HOD / Teachers
  • Civic & Moral Education HOD / Teachers

HTSE Seminar 2007

This year's HTSE Seminar at Kheng Cheng School on 9 Feb was a resounding success with a turnout rate of more than 90 schools with close to 250 attendees.

Besides introducing the revamped HTSE programme, other highlights of the seminar included a sharing session from Kheng Cheng School and Outram Secondary, both of which are outstanding schools of the HTSE programme.

The Happy Toilet Tour at Kheng Cheng School opened the guests' eyes to the "Eggy Toilet" and "Underwater World Toilet" where they saw how common school toilets can be pleasantly transformed into clean and beautiful restrooms.

HTSE Seminar 2006

The talk was held at Zhangde Primary School on 29 July 2006 and saw a turnout of more than 50 primary and secondary schools. The HTSE programme was explained in details to the guests. Role model schools like Zhangde Primary School and Temasek Secondary School also shared their experiences and how they had benefited from the programme. At the end of the talk, the guests had a mini Loo Excursion at the Learning Restrooms of Zhangde.






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