Did you know that only 53% of people in India wash hands with soap after defecation, 38% wash hands before eating and only 30% wash hands before preparing food (UNICEF). Researchers have found that the average pair of human hands is more unhygienic than escalators and benches in busy shopping centres and parks. Over 1.5 million children under five die each year as a result of diarrhoea, making it the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide. Pneumonia, is the number one cause of mortality among children under five years old, taking the lives of an estimated 1.8 million children per year1. All these child deaths can be prevented by adopting a regular habit of handwashing with soap. Handwashing is a significant habit that should be inculcated right from childhood as children are the most energetic, enthusiastic and are open to ideas and change. As powerful agents of behavioural change, they can take lessons they have learned at school back home to teach their parents, siblings and elders about good hygiene behaviours such as handwashing.
With an objective to educate kids about handwashing, Sesame Street Preschool at Hiran Magri, Udaipur celebrated the Global Handwashing Day- an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. On the special occasion, kids sang hygiene-related rhymes like ‘Germ germ go away’, ‘Dhanyavaad Shukriya’ and ‘Jhaag’. Teachers organised special craft and colouring activities which were thoroughly enjoyed by the kids.
Ms Mona Singh, Vice President, Sesame Schoolhouse, shares, “There is a common myth that if your hands LOOK clean, they are very well clean! Many people in India don’t wash their hands only because they believe that hands that look clean cannot make them sick. The handwashing habits in India need to improve, starting with kids who are the most powerful change agents. Sesame Street Preschools lay emphasis on sanitation and hygiene habits, handwashing being one of them. Regular day to day activities performed at our schools, reinforce the noble habit of handwashing. Kids celebrated the Global Handwashing Day with full fervour where they learned about the right ways of washing hands through interesting and fun filled activities.”
Sesame Street Preschools go beyond ABCs and 123s to instil the skills of ideation, confidence, communication and collaboration – skills that are needed not just for school but for life. Such special days and events allow each child to foster imagination, creativity, communication and collaboration. The curriculum of Sesame Street Preschools is based on over 45 years of research on how children learn, what engages them, and most importantly what ignites their desire to learn so that it becomes a lifelong habit. To nurture hungry minds, the school brings together highly trained teachers, fun, collaborative projects, and a colourful environment that activates learning- enlivened by the lovable characters of Galli Galli Sim Sim. Sesame Street Preschool aims to change the paradigm in the preschool space by making high-quality education, teaching standards and learning spaces accessible to Indian children.
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About Sesame Street Preschool
Sesame Schoolhouse is the latest milestone in Sesame Street’s mission: to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Sesame Street Preschool is a venture of Sesame Schoolhouse, the latest educational initiative from Sesame Workshop- one of the largest non-profit informal educational organisations in the world who also produce the world acclaimed kids’ educational television show, Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop is present in over 150 countries and produces educational content across television, radio, mobile, tablets and print. Sesame Workshop has been present in India since 2006, through its television show, Galli Galli Sim Sim which has been watched by over 100 million kids since its debut.
Sesame Street Preschool is setting a new standard for early childhood education through its unique preschool and afterschool programmes. It is a learning experience brought to life by the fun and furry characters of Sesame Street and Galli Galli Sim Sim- India’s first kids’ educational programme. The preschool and afterschool programmes are developed by Sesame Workshop and are based on over 45 years of insight into how kids learn best. The programmes integrate hands-on project-based learning, with creative approaches to foster critical thinking and problem solving, laying a strong foundation to promote lifelong learning.
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