The Cheeky Panda - in partnership with Toilet Twinning - challenged schools across the UK to design the World’s Best Toilet!
You might remember us putting a call out to schools across the country to design the most exciting and imaginative toilet they could think of as a class, and we had some incredible entries. Who would’ve thought that toilets could spark so much creativity?
Well, we did, because we sell loo roll.
The competition is to raise awareness for one of our Earth, Ocean and People charities - Toilet Twinning – who are represented by the lovely Team People.
Did you know that one in four people on the planet – 2 billion people – still don't have a safe, clean toilet?
While most of us reading are living in countries with clean tap water, and even water filtration systems throughout the entire house, not all of us are so lucky.
Toilet Twinning helps provide proper toilets, clean water and hygiene training in some of the world's poorest and most remote communities. By training and equipping families to build their own toilet, it protects them from disease, improves their health so they are more able to work, and keeps women and girls safe from attack.
Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley says: 'We're really excited to partner with The Cheeky Panda, not least because of their strong focus on sustainability and their sense of fun, both of which are also key to our campaign.”
“We love engaging with schools too because children have such a strong, immediate sense of justice, and their optimism that the world.”
To enter the competition, classes were asked to research the benefits of a toilet to a community, then design the ‘World’s Best Toilet’. The Cheeky Panda judges looked out for teamwork displayed, sustainability and ethics as well as the look and the functionality of the toilet.
So, are you ready to see our winner?
*Dramatic pause like they do on the X Factor*
And the winner is…
Wayfield Primary School for their amazing Techno Toilet!
Here’s what they had to say about winning the first-ever Cheeky Panda World’s Best Toilet Award:
“That’s amazing. Thank you! The children will be ecstatic; they really found some of the case studies for Toilet Twinning quite moving.
“Please pass my thanks onto the good taste of the judges.”
We do have excellent taste, to be fair. Just LOOK how incredible their entry is:
Due to Covid-19, Wayfield will be taking a trip to a local nature reserve called Port Lympne, rather than Edinburgh Zoo, where they’ll be able to see giraffes, bears and rhinos. If they take our tissues along for the ride, they’ll see a few Cheeky Pandas too…
We hope they have a wonderful day out - it is truly deserved for their incredible commitment to the project, their design skills and the extensive research that went into the project.
Check out their video about how they created this hygienic, heroic masterpiece of a loo:
2nd Place goes to Kilbarchan Primary School for their Toilet Entertainment System (TES, for short)
A worthy runner-up, it was difficult to choose between the two. This fancy toilet has a DISCO BALL, which is incredible and finally makes dancing on the loo acceptable.
Here’s what Kilbarchan Primary School had to say about their excellent runner-up place:
“This is amazing news. It was a fabulous competition, and it was what my class needed to bring them together as they have struggled with teamwork this year due to long periods of lockdown.”
“If it was a normal year, I would love to have raised money in the school for the Toilet Twinning Charity, their website was so powerful for something we take for granted. I am over the moon about this news...I can't stop smiling!”
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One in four people on the planet – 2 billion people – still don’t have a safe, clean toilet.
- Toilet Twinning helps provide proper toilets, clean water and hygiene training in some of the world’s poorest and most remote communities. By training and equipping families to build their own toilet, it protects them from disease, improves their health so they are more able to work, and keeps women and girls safe from attack.
- Through a donation of £60, you can twin your toilet with a family latrine overseas, and receive a framed certificate to put in your loo that shows a photo of your toilet twin, complete with its GPS coordinates.
- Without safe water and sanitation, families fall sick, can’t work or go to school – and become trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, debt and disease.
- Toilet Twinning’s partners work closely with local communities to help families understand the link between poor sanitation and ill health, teach them good hygiene and train them how to build latrines. All this creates ownership – which is vital if people are to continue using their toilets. Crucially, communities make change happen for themselves.