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Impact of Hygiene Education on children in early elementary school years

Hygiene is a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. Personal hygiene refers to the comprehensive cleaning of and caring for your body. Maintaining good personal hygiene includes bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth and wearing clean clothing. Implementing good personal hygiene practices has both health and social benefits. Keeping your body clean is vital in combating and preventing illness - both for yourself and for those around you. Washing your hands can prevent the spread of germs from one person to another or from one part of your body to another. Flossing and brushing your teeth can reduce the likelihood of oral and other diseases.

JEN is carrying out hygiene education program In Surkh Parsa and Shikh Ali in Parwan province in Afghanistan. JEN conducted hygiene education workshops to school teaching staff. Then hygiene education was taught to students by the teachers from May to November apart from July. As teachers role in society is significant, valuable and far-reaching. Through the course of continuous instructions over the duration of 6 months, the children will acquire correct hygiene knowledge, and via frequent hand-on practice, the normalization of hand-washing, tooth brushing and nail clipping will be aimed at.



JEN team conducts monitoring survey each year to find out the impact of JEN hygiene education program. The survey is conducted 4 times each year i.e. June, August, September and October. The finding of this year survey in Surkh Parsa and Shikh Ali shows that the ratio of “very good” hygienic habits in lower classes were 12.89% which increased to 55.30% in the month of October. The ratio of students with “poor” hygienic habits was 31.55% in June which decreased to 2.06% in October. By keenly observing the data it can be found that JEN hygiene education Program has a significant impact on the students. The data shows that students with “very good” hygiene practices were increased each month while the “poor” students decreased by each month.


Samar Butt
Finance and Accounts Assistant

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December 11, 2014 in Afghanistan |