School Hand-Washing Project: Teaching Points

Nurse Naomi's Latest Community Health Campaign: Hand-Washing In Schools

Nurse Naomi’s Latest Community Health Campaign: Hand-Washing In Schools

The main points I wanted to get across to the students were: Rationale for good and regular Hand-Washing (to protect others as well as for ourselves). How to wash  hands effectively and to introduce the three (main) areas in a good Hand-Washing regime. Extras such as face touching, caring for chapped hands can be touched on at the end before the launch of the Poster Competition.

These teaching points can be printed and used for other schools based hand-washing projects, please let me know if you have any questions.

Question: What is the easiest and most effective way to stay healthy?

Answer: Hand-Washing.

Rationale for Regular Hand-washing

Everyday we touch things, all the time that have infectious organisims on them. That isn’t always a  bad thing, our immunue systems are great at fighting off many of these germs.

However, some of those organisms we touch, these germs, can make us very poorly. They may make some people more poorly than others. Say you touch a germ that makes you vomit a lot, then because we sit next to each other at school you, pass that germ to me. Then I start vomiting too. Well, we both might stop vomiting after a few hours and then feel better. But what about if I have a baby sister at home? A newborn baby? Or say my grandmother lives with me? What if they catch the vomiting bug off me? For the very young and the very elderly catching germs is more serious, they may end up in hospital with the very same bug. This is why it’s important that we ALL pay attention to ways that we can reduce the spread of infection, or the spread of germs.

One very easy way to reduce the spread of germs is to wash your hands, very well, and very often. I’m going to talk to you about how you can do this and look at WHEN you should do this to not only reduce the chances of YOU getting sick but to also help to reduce the chances of you passing the your germs onto other people who might get a lot sicker than you.


HOW LONG: 15 seconds. Count Monkey inbetween seconds.

Palms, Fingers, Finger Tips, Thumbs, Inbetween Fingers, Backs of Hands, Backs of inbetween Fingers.

Rinse Thoroughly. Then Dry on something clean.

Hand-Washing Routine:

HOME: Shoes off. Coat off. Handwash.

TOILET: After Toilet.

FOOD: Before Eating or before touching, preparing food.

Who washes their hands before eating their lunch at school?

Who washes their hands when they get home? Whose parents wash their hands when they get home?

Don’t Forget:

STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE. Wash hand drying towels regularly, paper towels are more hygienic, Apply Hand Moisturiser before bed at night (Vasoline) to prevent dry skin. Regular hand-washers are more prone to dry and chapped hands. Don’t worry about getting special anti-bacterial soaps, just normal pump action soap and water is best.

Competition: Introduce Competition to design a poster that promotes Hand-Washing. Winning poster will be profesionally produced and put up around all sinks in the school.

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