Global Hand-washing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize people around the world to improve their hand-washing habits. It is celebrated on 15th October each year. St. Anthony’s Primary School, Byculla, magnified the ‘Global Hand-washing Day’ to great depth. In fact, simple hand-washing with soap, such as after using the toilet or before eating can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea among children by almost half and respiratory infections by approximately 25%. Good hygiene is necessary for good nutrition, particularly for children, and to prevent the spread of common diseases like cold and flu. Students were greatly imparted with this knowledge and the day was celebrated to highlight what uncleanliness and unhygienic environment leads to.
The assembly in the school began with an overwhelming pride as to be a part of this day. The theme was, ‘Raise a hand for Hygiene”. Head Mistress Sr. Maria Selvam, encouraged us with passionate words. This day is an opportunity to design, test and replicate ways to encourage people to wash their hands.
Students from Primary School, showed the proper way of washing hands in 7 steps. The students, teaching and non-teaching staff took a pledge of always keeping personal hygiene and washing their hands and advising others to perform it. The students as well as teachers gained knowledge that would last a lifetime. After all ‘the hand leads you, where you need to go’.