The proposed project aims to benefit 6391 students from kindergarten to high school from 51 schools in the area of Orestiada and all future students for the next 5 years in addition to the students matriculating at the University on a voluntary basis to ensure a sustainable WASH curriculum and significant impact. The awareness campaign will be the same as the schools on the LED screens of the sanitizer stations and whatever they wish to display around campus. THE GOAL is to improve the hygiene behavior and education of the students not only through the distribution and installment of hand sanitizer stations, one or more in ratio with student numbers and building layout, at key positions accessible to all students, able and disabled, but through the improvement or establishment of hygiene classes and workshops into the curriculum. Additionally, and in this pandemic, Covid-19 protocols, which comprise restricting campus to students and staff only at the moment, will be improved through the hand hygiene campaign and the sanitization stations to minimize the impact on the children and all staff. Improved hygiene implies disease prevention and not only for Covid-19 as per the prioritization by the World Bank and UNICEF:
Although the official data states that most Greeks access basic sanitation facilities, the reality in Greece is contradicted by the following study:
Medical professionals are not receiving the appropriate training as shown by the Results and the following
''Conclusion: In our study, medical students scored better in practice questions than nursing students; this did not apply to the knowledge score. The majority of students supported the inclusion of compulsory education on hand hygiene principles in their Departments' curricula, highlighting compulsory education and seminars as the most effective measures to increase compliance with hand hygiene.''
Then it is not surprising that the general population does not practice proper Hygiene in spite of having access to basic facilities. The results of the survey attached and the community-based assessment confirm that students and teachers are not provided with the appropriate training and there is an absence of a proper WASH curriculum at schools.
In summary and in order to address the issues identified with the beneficiaries, local community, and the authorities through the community-based assessment phase, the objectives are:
1. To identify the resources and secure local and international partnerships and collaboration that addresses the issues identified through the Community Based Assessment with the help of the greater Rotary network.
2. To deliver a sustainable and measurable design, including a training module and age-appropriate curricula, that is scalable.
3. To secure the engagement of the beneficiaries and the wider community to help in the improvement and delivery of hand-hygiene education.
4. To strengthen the system by gaining the engagement of the community and the local government which will bridge a two-way support system independent of further external involvement.
5. To support and leverage the achievements of this project for other initiatives within Orestiada and beyond in Greece.
What is also encouraging and allows for sustainability and scalability by strengthening the system beyond this project is that we have the engagement of:
• Government's Institutions: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Department of Education and the public schools under their jurisdiction
• The University of Orestiada area
• 400 teachers representing all 51 schools and the University
• Unofficially many parents from the community expressed support
• Medical doctors volunteering from a jurisdiction outside of the Orestiada area
• Orestiada Mayor's office