23 November, 2020

HandWash Day Diary

HandWash Day Diary
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2019-10-15T15:11:37+05:30

Dettol School Hygiene Education Program

There is an old saying, “I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.” Hence, if a person, especially a child, does something, he realizes the benefits better. But even better than practice is if a child teaches others to accept a habit. Research shows that retention rates among students is 90% in this case, compared to 75% when they merely practice themselves. Hence, a crucial aspect of the program was that the children don’t just practice hand-wash, but also nudge others, including their family members and other elders, to do it. It entails three modules for elementary, intermediate, and high school. They give innovative ways to engage children, and can be tailored across government schools across peri-urban, rural, and backward regions. The program has covered 13 million children in 650,000 schools in eight states. The impact: 14.2% drop in diarrhoea, 17% increase in attendance, and more than 250 schools awarded under Swachh Vidyalaya. The curricukum was co-designed with the...

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