The 5th Global Hand Washing Day was held at Islamabad Model School 2, G-8/4, and attended by 260 students from 33 schools of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A function was organized by Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Climate Change. Mobilink were the corporate sponsors.
Schoolchildren from School 2, G-8/4 presented a mime telling the story of where and how hands get dirty. Children from Rising Star Public School sang a song, Washy Washy Clean Scrub Scrub. The children from 33 schools also participated in a poster competition.
Syed Ayub Qutub, Chief Executive, PIEDAR stressed the importance of building the habit for regular hand washing among children. They were also the change agents for spreading the message among siblings, school mates and children out of school. Ms. Simone Klawitter from UNICEF said that while Pakistan was on track for the Millennium Development Goal for improved water supply, the country had to work hard to achieve the target from sanitation and reduction in child mortality. Mr. Omar Manzur from Mobilink informed that 6 million SMS on hand washing had been sent out by the company in the preceding three days. Director General Environment Mr. Javed Ali Khan emphasized on the strength of the partnership approach to achieving the MDGs and contributing targets. The practice of hand washing with soap at critical occasions during the day could contribute significantly to the reduction of illness among children.
The event closed with prizes and mementos for the participants. Everyone made queues for hand washing before partaking the light refreshments.