Teaching school children healthy habits and correct hand washing techniques
Your loveable little terrors get their hands into all sorts of germy messes. When you’re around, you can keep a protective watch over them and make sure their hands are cleaned after they use the toilet or before they eat. But when they’re at school? How do you know those good habits you’re setting are being followed?
School can be a place where germs are easily transmitted, as you have many children coming into contact with one another. It only takes one child who doesn’t follow those good habits to potentially spread infection to many.
Sadly in many countries, particularly in the developing world, over two thousand children die every day from preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea and some of those deaths could have been halted through the very simple act of hand washing with soap.
Dettol invests in many educational programmes around the world teaching young school age children about healthy hygiene habits. We make our programmes fun, engaging and interactive for the children. In South Africa, Dettol reaches over 2 600 schools and nearly 2 million school children through our school programme.
- Since 2010, we have reached 3 million children in Nigeria, through education on good hygiene practices, with strong focus on hand washing with soap. This we were able to achieve by partnering with Hygiene Instructors, teachers and parents to not just teach but also reinforce strong hygiene practices. Over the years, the onus to provide a healthy and hygiene conscious environment has shifted from us alone as the children, parents and teachers are begining to spread the word and getting more schools involved.
- Earlier this year, over 5000 people, mostly mothers and children joined the MOMentum to reach out to 10 million mothers to save 10 million children in the Dettol 50 years Anniversary Walkathon.
At Dettol we passionately believe in the power of hygiene education, it goes to the very core of who we are, because it helps protect children from illness and promote better health for all the family.