Live & Learn Vanuatu joined with 500 students from five partner schools in Port Vila, Vanuatu, to conduct a Hygiene Carnival Parade to promote Global Hand-washing Day and World Toilet Day. Students from Suango, Melemaat, Sorovanga, Vila North and Anamburu schools prepared creative banners and costumes to promote the theme of “Clean Hands, Our Future.” Representatives of the WASH Committees from each of the schools also participated in the parade.
These students made costumes to represent different types of germs that can cause disease if we don’t wash our hands with soap after going to the toilet or before preparing food. Other students carried placards with hygiene messages and messages about the importance of having access to safe, clean toilets.
The Hygiene Carnival Parade began in the village of Mele, and walked through to the Mele school compound, where visiting government education officers and senior school leadership shared speeches and presentations. Global Hand-washing Day is on 15 October, and World Toilet Day is on 19 November. As the schools in Port Vila are closing early this year due to the 2017 South Pacific Mini Games being hosted by Vanuatu in Port Vila, so the schools decided to combine the activities for Global Hand-washing Day and World Toilet Day. The Live & Learn WASH in Schools program is currently working with nine schools in Port Vila through the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program which is funded by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund.