An ongoing battle we face in the communities is one of hygiene and cleanliness; especially when it comes to children. Children are regularly left playing in filthy areas, often crawling over dirt and mud and playing with dusty toys.
According to studies carried out by UNICEF, the simplest and most cost effective way to ensure that healthcare is kept high, is simply thorough teaching and training on handwashing. According to their studies a £2 investment in hand washing brings the same health benefits as an £6.50 investment in latrine construction, a £120 investment in household water supply and an investment of thousands of pounds in immunisation.
So, in Community Schooling we teach children interactive lessons about how to wash their hands. The children are always so excited and eager for their learning time. Each week focuses on teaching the children a wide range of skills; this week the children in Banda learnt how to wash their hands, with the help of Percy … their puppet friend! It’s a good feeling to teach such an important life skill in order to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and disease, which are so widespread around the community they live in.
The children were really enthusiastic in helping a very forgetful Percy to remember to wash his hands after playing outside, after going to the toilet and before preparing or eating food. As well as encouraging Percy to wash his hands, they then watched a thorough demonstration before they had a chance to show everyone how we must all wash our hands. This is a simple but important message the children can take back home and share with the rest of their family, which we hope will keep families healthy, reducing the spread of illness within the community.
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