Last week we completed the first teacher training at Tzan Chaj Primary School, our newest WASH partner.
The training began with a discussion of what the school is already doing to improve hygiene among students. While all the teachers are implementing some amount of hygiene activities in their classrooms, they agreed they could do more and set objectives to work on throughout the year, including to increase drinking of purified water to 85% of students by the end of the school year and to increase correct disposal of trash by students to 80% by the end of the school year.
Teachers received a manual with a variety of lesson plans related to the importance of hygiene, washing hands, dental hygiene, and water-borne illnesses and how to avoid them. These activities can be adapted depending on the age of students and time available.
Teachers had a chance to create some materials for their classrooms, including a “hygiene wheel” used to monitor children’s personal hygiene on a daily basis in a fun, interactive way. The wheel has an arrow that students can spin, then depending on which part of the body it falls on the teacher and students will then inspect it and talk about how to improve their hygiene. Some of the areas included on the wheel are hands, hair, teeth and nails. Our next training will provide teachers with tools for how to teach students how to properly use a flush toilet, water conservation, and how to prepare and keep food clean and safe to eat.