Build up to Global Handwashing Day | Western Cape Education Department
Build up to Global Handwashing Day

Build up to Global Handwashing Day

5 October 2020

The Western Cape Education Department’s Life Orientation Curriculum team have formed a partnership with the Pick ‘n Pay Schools Club to distribute bars of soap to every learner in 20 identified primary schools.

This initiative is part of the build up to Global Handwashing Day, which is celebrated on Thursday, 15 October.

This year, the Global Handwashing Day theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food, including food hygiene and nutrition.

Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases especially this year where we have been exposed to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tagline, Clean hands - a recipe for health, reminds us to make handwashing a part of every meal.

With Covid-19 we want learners to wash their hands at every opportunity

Here are a few ways you can make a difference this Global Handwashing Day:

  • Wash your hands with soap at critical times, especially before eating, cooking or feeding others.
  • Model good handwashing behaviour and remind or help others to always wash their hands before eating.
  • Make handwashing part of your family meals as well as eating during intervals at school.
  • Establish places to wash your hands in the household, in our schools and workplaces.

The team visited 18 of the schools across the metro. The last two schools will be visited on 15 October 2020.

The schools include Belthorn Primary, WD Hendricks Primary, Kenmere Primary, Highlands Primary, Yellowwood Primary and Woodville Primary.