The 6th Global handwashing day event was a special one. We employed an experiential learning approach to pass the message on good handwashing practices. In addition to this, we added a practical session on handwashing where we demonstrated to the kids how to wash hands with clean water with soaps using faucets and jugs for those who do not have faucets.
Experiential Learning Approach
Apart from the usual activities such as songs, sketches, dance for soaps, we used an experiential learning approach. In this approach, the kids were encouraged to share their experiences about their health and school attendance. The questions they were asked were centred on if they had ever been absent from school and why they were absent. Some said they had stomach ache amongst other health conditions
A kid said, ‘When I had stomach ache, I could not go to school’
The message on hand washing was easily conveyed as they understood the link between poor hand washing habit, irregular school attendance and poor school performance.
The Sensitization Session:
With easily understandable vocabulary and language, the different facilitators talked on hand washing answering questions on its importance, on the frequency of washing hands especially during critical moments.
The Practical Session:
The third facilitator covered the practical aspect of handwashing using the school faucets at ‘Ecole la Bergernerotte’ at Ahala and using jugs and plastic libation kettles at the EtougEbe 2 CDP Centre to show how to wash hands where there are no faucets.
In this year’s event, we introduced the concept of hand washing ambassadors who paraded with handwashing tools and gestures to communicate the message on handwashing.
A major outcome of this event was the joint commitment of both the Manager of CDP and the Director of ‘Ecole la Bergeronerette’ of Ahala to promote hand washing in the community.