School children advocate for hand-washing at town market


The Global Hand washing Day and the World Food Day were both observed on Friday the 14th October 2016 by the Live & Learn team in Kavieng, PNG in partnership with the Maiom Primary School and the Division of Commerce. Students from Maiom Primary School, a pilot school with the Australian government CS WASH funded project implemented by Live & Learn, was engaged by the Department of Primary Industry to conduct public advocacy activities promoting washing hands with soap. This event was a highlight for Kavieng, and was the first time primary school students had done public health advocacy with such confidence.

A special Global Hand-Washing Day and World Food Day boat was arranged to said from Nusa Island to Kavieng Town Market. A parade was then arranged from Maiom Primary School that featured a convoy of trucks and students involved in the WASH Clubs at Maiom Primary School. Once the parade reached the Kavieng Town Market a large crowd gathered to listen to speeches from the Kavieng Town Ward 2 member, the Director of the Division of Commerce and other guests. Children involved in the Act of Change WASH Club gave speeches and demonstrated proper hand-washing procedures. The students also sang a special song about washing hands with soap.


Teachers from Maoim Primary School produced a simple brochure about washing hands with soap. This brochure featured key messages on why washing hands is important, when we should do it, the process for hand washing, and the words to the hand washing song. Colgate Palmolive was also involved on the day through providing soap to the students and members of the public. This activity was supported by the Live & Learn project WASH in Schools team in Kavieng, working on the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program.


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