An innovative initiative to raise hand hygiene awareness was the major focus by Kimberly-Clark Professional at the recent Education Show 2013. The company highlighted its collaboration with Disney by introducing a new education wellness programme called The Healthy Schools Project at the exhibition. The programme focuses on engaging pupils, teachers and staff to reduce the spread of germs and create a healthy and productive learning environment.
Kimberly-Clark Professional has created a range of learning materials called 'Hand wash heroes with Mickey Mouse and friends' that can be used to encourage children aged between 3 and 7 to wash their hands, helping to prevent the spread of common illnesses such as colds, flu and stomach upsets.
Pre-schools and schools taking part in the programme will be supplied with an education toolkit that contains a range of Disney-branded learning materials. It includes lesson plans that enable teachers to integrate lessons about hand hygiene seamlessly into the school day, making several links to the curriculum including PSHE and science subjects.
These lesson plans have been designed to encourage youngsters take ownership of their own personal and classroom hygiene. They incorporate a rewards programme that acknowledges good hand hygiene-related behaviour and motivates them to practice good hand hygiene at home and at school.
Suzanne Halley, education manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, said: “Children who are healthy are happy, and children who are happy are far more likely to behave and interact well, and perform better academically.”