Schoolkids learn the basics in hygiene promotion
Since late 2020, Action Against Hunger has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, to better protect children and their families through the provision of hygiene and COVID-19 response measures in schools in east and west Georgia with the support of the programme “Economic and social participation of vulnerable displaced persons and local population in the South Caucasus (EPIC)”. Hygiene Promotion Officers are conducting interactive sessions in selected public schools and will reach around 1,000 children by the project end. Over the course of four sessions, students learn about different hygiene measures and are encouraged to spread their knowledge (and not germs!) to their peers and at home with their families. In teaching the children about the importance of personal hygiene, clean drinking water, food hygiene, and the role of germs in flu and COVID-19 prevention, the sessions employ a practical and participative approach using visual aids, props, animation, chat-bots, role-play and physically-distanced group work to create a positive, interactive learning environment. To ensure schoolchildren and their families have the basics needed to put this knowledge into practice, hygiene kits are being provided both to the schools and individual pupils.
EPIC is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).