Teaching how to run engaging workshop on Hand Hygiene

January 13, 2021

Hand Hygiene: what are the causes of slow spreading?

Hand hygiene is a fundamental practice to reduce the spread of diseases. Yet, the practice is not common enough in rural Africa, due to a lack of knowledge about its benefits and reduced resources. NGOs and sanitation agencies are dealing with the spread of knowledge thanks to wash-professionals promoting hand hygiene practice in rural areas. The Iwash initiative created several educational materials to involve learners in the hand hygiene practice and a Do it Yourself approach in creating a solution to promote handwashing. After running several workshops, the Iwash team noticed that the way of teaching may be improved by actively engaging learners. In the workshops, wash professionals tend to be prescriptive and not engaging with the participants, additionally, hierarchy works against open discussions between professional and participant.

Education for Wash practitioners

Iwash wants to create a course for wash professionals aimed to promote Do it Yourself practices in water sanitation. The course will touch on different topics split into modules. The first module will be a pilot to show investors and partners the potential of educating to Do it Yourself practices in wash and sanitation. Therefore, the Iwash initiative wants to create the first learning module for wash-professionals to learn techniques to create active participation about hand-wash in the form of a workshop. Wash-professionals will be trained to create and run a workshop where hand-washing hygiene is experienced rather than explained. Wash professionals will be guided through the three steps-approach of Iwash - teach, think, and take - and they will be given techniques and guidelines to teach how and why to wash hands. The wash professionals will be asked to plan a workshop applying the learning and techniques. They will be also welcomed to carry out the workshop and share their experience on the Iwash platform.

The module

The module will be organized into manageable units. Each unit will be provided with a short explanatory video and individual activities. The units will create an overview of the three-step approach. Then, they will be trained to: create interactive and participatory lecture (learn about: classroom placement, quality of slides and/or posters, setting open discussions), trigger reflection and discussion among participants (experience spread of viruses and bacterias with paint, wash hands from paint, create group boards to identify who is important to protect), ensure that learners can identify take away from the workshops (create group discussions, facilitate drawing/writing to hang in their house).

The learners

Wash professional work for sanitation agencies and NGOs and their background is often in water management and sanitation. Their background in terms of education varies, however, cultural hierarchy matters and can impede active engagement with the workshop participants.


Report West Africa And sanitation workshops: Retrieved from https://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/bitstream/handle/20.500.12413/14387/WCA_workshop_brief_draft_FINAL.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y