For this Global Handwashing Day WaterAid India partnered with SARD to spread the message of good hygiene in over 500 schools in Delhi through an integrated hygiene awareness programme.
The aim was to reinforce the importance of hygiene within schools and to recognize children as school health ambassadors and nurture them as change agents between school and communities.
The programme was conducted at three different levels: school level, zonal level and state level.
On October 8, the quiz was conducted at the school level in 589 schools of Najafgarh Zone, West Zone, Central Zone and South Zone within the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) jurisdiction reaching out to over 1,00,000 children in these schools and neighboring communities. SDMC helped in ensuring that the hygiene quiz was properly conducted in all schools.
In the second stage, a zonal level quiz was conducted on October 13, where the first position winners from each school were invited to compete at the zonal level and the top 3 winners from each of the four zones were awarded.
On October 15, Global Handwashing Day, the final state level live quiz was conducted at the Municipal Corporation Development Civic Centre and the top 3 schools were awarded.
Children between 6-12 years of age were involved in this activity to increase their knowledge and awareness about good hygiene. Good hygiene behaviours such as handwashing with soap are the cheapest and most effective means available to reduce diarrheal diseases, especially among children.
Reckitt Benckiser supported the initiative with a donation of 10,000 Dettol soaps for use by children in SDMC schools.
In addition, ‘The Great Hygiene Quiz’ was conducted by WaterAid India on social media to engage online audiences and inculcate in them the importance of good hygiene.
In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, WaterAid India unveiled a week long hygiene and sanitation campaign across the two states targeting different audiences with radio jingles, hygiene kiosks and awareness events to highlight the link between good hygiene and good health.