Global Hand-washing Day Celebrations

Last week was a big week for the schools in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea who partner with Live & Learn in our WASH in Schools program. This year Global Hand-washing Day fell on a Sunday, so schools selected a school day in the following week to hold their celebrations.

This year Global Hand-washing Day was the first global WASH emphasis day after the roll-out of the Arts for Advocacy guidebook for students and teachers. Students responded enthusiastically, making lots of noise and creating wonderful bright art works to promote the message of Global Hand-washing Day. In this blog post we share activities from our partner schools in Solomon Islands and Fiji. Next week we will share the activities from our partner schools in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Solomon Islands

Live & Learn joined with our seven partner schools in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to celebrate Global Hand-washing Day on 15 October. Student WASH Clubs in each of the schools decorated their group hand-washing facilities and oversaw each class doing group hand-washing activities. The student WASH Clubs also used the opportunity of Global Hand-washing Day to share advocacy art work they created to promote the importance of washing hands with soap. At each of the seven schools students made speeches and sang songs about washing hands with soap.

Fiji

On Friday over 190,000 students and adults around Fiji participated in Global Hand-washing Day celebrations. This included the schools partnering with Live & Learn in the WASH in Schools program. Live & Learn WASH in Schools Coordinator, Selina Vatuvoka, participated in the formal ceremony held by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, FTA WASH, Asaleocare and SPC.

Sponsorship was provided by Colgate Pacific, who provided Protex soap for demonstrations, and also entertained the children with the Protex Mascot. The theme for the day was “Make hand washing a habit!”

This activity has been implemented by Live & Learn through the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program, which is funded by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund.

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