Global Handwashing Day

School №8

Established by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated each year on October 15-th as a way to increase awareness and understanding of benefits of handwashing with soap.

Pupils of the 5th grade of school №8, Atkarsk (Saratov region, Russia) held an action, dedicated to Global Handwashing Day. They found out why it is important to wash our hands regularly. Pupils made a set of instructions to teach people how to wash their hands thoroughly. They used art and computing materials to make posters encouraging people to wash their hands. Fifth graders held a lesson among primary school students. Students told about Global Handwashing Day, read poems, showed a video, held a quiz, created posters and gave instructions "How to wash your hands".

They were surprising how few pupils wash their hands properly to fulfil the requirements for good hand hygiene. Pupils remind primary school students  to wash hands several times a day and teach children how to dry  them off.  They told that cotton or paper towels were the best materials for drying hands, because of the mechanical abrasion which reduced the amount of microbes in hands substantially. Drying with cotton or paper towels removes 99.9% of the bacteria on your hands, where as air dryers spread bacteria in the surroundings.

An action on Global Handwashing Day was held to motivate and make people aware about  improving their handwashing habits by washing their hands with soap at critical moments throughout each day.
Handwashing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many germs that can make people sick are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.