Reckitt Benckiser, world’s leading consumer Health and Hygiene Company, collaborated with the Global Citizen India, to celebrate the success of the three-year completion of its Dettol School Hygiene Education curriculum through a hi-impact, one-of-its-kind event named as Chaka Chak Mela, in New Delhi. The event was carefully crafted to educate the children in an edutainment environment. RB is delivering the curriculum in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation, Samhita, Collective Good Foundation, Learning Links Foundation ADRA and Pehel across urban and rural schools in the states of Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. 

Congratulating the partners on the historic moment, Gaurav Jain, Senior Vice President, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia (AMESA), RB Health India, said, “Children are the change-agents of the society, and reaching out early to them means ensuring that we inspire these young minds to inculcate the learning into a habit. We are proud to see the positive impact on the handwashing habits of schoolchildren across exposed to the Dettol School Hygiene Education curriculum. We have focused on a five-step experiential learning method, which has allowed us to touch upon five crucial everyday aspects of hygiene. I am sure that once the students understand these basic hygiene measures, they would turn into influencers for others, and nation-builders of tomorrow.” 

The curriculum, which was delivered by the Aga Khan Foundation, Samhita, Collective Good Foundation, Learning Links Foundation ADRA and Pehel to schools in the target states, is designed to suit grade-appropriate learning of students – Level one is for Grade one and two, Level two is for Grade three and four, and Level three is for Grade five and above. The content is structured into five focus themes that addresses Personal Hygiene, Hygiene at Home, Hygiene in School, Hygiene during Illness and Hygiene in Neighborhood. In total, the curriculum covers 15 topics across the five themes for each level through classroom sessions (three topics per theme in progressive level of difficulty), undertaken by the teacher using the resource materials made available.

 “We are proud of our strong partnership with Reckitt Benckiser that has enabled the Aga Khan Foundation and its implementing partners to implement a vibrant and extremely effective school hygiene education programme across 1000 schools in some of the most vulnerable geographies. Together with RB, we are working to collectively address the issue of sanitation and hygiene in schools by inculcating regular handwashing practices as well as strengthening school capacity to prioritize WASH-in-Schools. The simple child friendly tools, messages and campaigns developed by RB, have been widely appreciated by district officials across all our project locations, facilitating wider outreach and scaling up of the initiative to over 3000 schools in 2019”