October 15th is the Global Handwashing Day. To celebrate the global handwashing day at WISS, we teach students how to wash their hands properly using good technique to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, “Handwashing is the single most important means for preventing the spread of infections,” also the most affordable method of disease prevention.
Poor hygiene is a primary tool to spread infection to the community. Eighty percent of all infectious diseases including bacterial and viral infections are transmitted by touch. These diseases are not necessarily spread through direct contact but are commonly transmitted through indirect contact such as touching doorknobs, desks, computer keyboards, toys and so on. These diseases then spread from the infected surface to individuals.
To make it engaging and fun for children to learn good handwashing technique, we brought GlitterBug along with five pretend germs to the classrooms. When washing hands, people often miss areas around nails, under wrist watch and cracks in the skin, all places where germs like to hide. If such areas are not washed adequately germs remains in the hands, multiply and be passed on to others. Students who used Glitterbug experiment learned 5 steps they need to wash germs off their hands, these involves: wet, soap, scrub, rinse and dry. Students also learned when to wash their hands and how long they should wash their hands.
For more information about World Handwashing day visit https://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/.