This message and lesson plan is from our Children’s Participation in Eye Health and the Promotion of Good Vision resource book for teachers and educators. Read more about the book and download it now!
Wash your hands properly before touching the T-zone on your face (eyes, nose and mouth), as this is where germs enter the body. Avoid touching the T-zone when you can.
- Children will know and feel able to share the message on Face and Eyes are Clean and Bright.
- Children can describe Facial Hygiene and why this is important.
- Children have conducted a dialogue that demonstrates accurate knowledge about the importance of keeping the face clean and other good health habits.
- Children have reflected on the session.
- Children have planned a question to ask at home to discuss changes or developments in good health habits in the community where they live.
Materials and Preparation
- 4 x sheets of A4 paper
- Something to attach the paper to a chair or the wall like sticky tape, masking tape or Blu-tack
- Introductory activities, e.g. an icebreaker, game or The Memory Line.
- Explain that the T-zone is across the top of your face and down your nose. Ask the children to do an action showing their T-zone. Ensure they do not touch their faces as they do this!
- Repeat in chorus the Face and Eyes are Clean and Bright message. Add actions to this message to make it more memorable, but make sure that children do not touch their faces when they are doing the actions.
- In pairs or three the children practice the message.
- Introduce the topic by talking about germs, hygiene, the importance of using soap to remove germs and the dangers of using a dirty cloth to dry the hands or face. You may want to use the SAFE poster to show how facial cleanliness is an important part of defeating the eye disease trachoma (see the Other Resources section in this handbook).
- Vote with Your Feet Game
- Do you know what facial hygiene means? (Yes/No)
- Is washing your hands facial hygiene? (No)
- Is washing the face and eyes facial hygiene? (Yes)
- Is keeping flies away from your eyes part of facial hygiene? (Yes)
- Will washing your face and hands with water make them clean? (No) – Why? Is soap needed to practice good facial hygiene? (Yes) – Why?
- Do you need soap to wash your face and hands? (Yes) – Why? Should you wash your face every day? (Yes) – Why?
- If time allows, do another ‘round’ of the Vote with Your Feet game. It’s also fun to do it silently.
- Now do the Leaky Tin & Tippy Tap Extension Activities.
In a circle, the children say in turn what they learned and enjoyed about this session.
Repeat the message together and ask those that know it to share with classmates, friends and family. Encourage children to ask this Good Question
in their families:
Why is it that people in our community do not use soap to wash their hands and face?