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Community service learning course students conducts Hygiene Awareness Campaign for local primary school children
Hygiene is the corner-stone of public health and the unsanitary practices in our daily routine are the prime reason of germs becoming resistant and difficult to over-come. Advocating hygiene in schools lends benefit to both, the learning and health of children. This idea was brought to fruition at the Kids City High School, Model Town Humak, Islamabad on Monday, 17th October, 2016 by CSL-401 students of NUST.

The awareness campaign, "Living Germ-Free" aimed at spreading understanding about personal hygiene among school children. Aseptic practices were promoted by enlightening the students to common diseases. Knowledge on keeping the environment clean, green and germ-free was provided. Colgate® sponsored the care-kits. Dr. Sadia Abubakar (Dentist) from Pakistan International Hospital was contacted to accompany us to school.

The execution day, activities included lecture and motivational talks from Dr. Sadia, hygiene based quiz with gift prizes and maze solving activity. Physical demonstration of hand washing technique was enacted for the easy learning, and was made interesting by visuals including animated videos and posters.

An environment slogan/poster competition was held among students of 4th and 5th class on the theme ‘Living Germ-Free’. Winners were awarded certificates and prizes (books, marker & pencil colours). At the end, care-kits provided by Colgate® were distributed to all the school children. A visit to Al-Hamd Educational System School was also made for a short motivational program and Colgate’s care-kits distribution.

The main aim was achieved and children understood the basic methods by which cleanliness is maintained and learned about the germs in their surrounding & how to avoid them. The information shared was made easy through different methods (posters, videos, puzzles etc.). These children will take what they learned home and spread the information to their families as well promoting better hygienic conditions in the area.