Education launches hygiene, sanitation initiative

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The Education Department and a home care products manufacturing company have launched an initiative to promote hygiene and sanitation at grassroots.

Earlier, the company visited Thandimfundo Primary School in KwaMashu, north of Durban, where they interacted with learners.

The project targets Grade 1 learners across 15 000 public schools around South Africa.

The company’s Luco Marquet says they also train educators about the importance of sanitation.

“It’s a full programme, where we are training the teachers. So, it’s accredited teachers to train all the children about that importance. It’s about the importance of washing their hands five times a day with Lifebuoy. After every, meal after going to the bathroom, so on and so forth. It’s about the importance of having good hygiene with brushing their teeth twice a day; it’s about the importance of having proper sanitation in the toilets of the school improve the facilities. It’s shocking that we have so many schools that still don’t have access to proper toilets. So far, we’ve been improving and putting proper toilets in 27 schools.”