THE IMPORTANCE OF WASHING HANDS

Mapemo is the first of six schools to benefits from the Oxfam Wash project in the Eastern Highlands Province. But this project is not just about new infrastructure, it is also targeting behavioral change within the school particularly focusing on the students. One very important part of this behavior change is showing students how to correctly wash their hands after using the new toilets and before eating. These practical lessons are always great fun and the students are very happy to demonstrate what they have learnt. ATprojects Goroka staff have developed a range of simple to use teaching tools that help the students understand not only the process of correctly washing hands, but also the important health messages that come with these simple exercises. The picture below shows one of the lower grade classes at Mapemo participating hand washing in one of these lessons.

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