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Instill food hygiene in schoolchildren through poster competition

Thursday, 15 December 2011 - 8:08am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

This Christmas, school kids will be made aware about the importance of kitchen hygiene and good eating habits

This Christmas, school kids will be made aware about the importance of kitchen hygiene and good eating habits. A professional hygiene expert in association with the Lion’s Club is conducting a poster competition for kids from the age group of 6 to14years. Kids from city schools will be asked to paint their concept of hygiene and will be asked to give it a caption.

The competition will be open to schools all across the city, irrespective of the medium of learning. The poster caption can be given in any Indian language. There will be three different groups to evaluate the students’ posters — 6 to 8years, 9 to 11years, 12 to 14years.

Krishna Datta, a resident of Goregaon, who is conducting this programme, is a microbiologist and an experienced professional in the hygiene auditing sector.

Datta explained, “The importance of hygiene is largely ignored in our society. This results into food-borne illnesses. Kids are our next generation and are also prone to all such illnesses due to their non-regularised eating habits. So, I decided to initiate an awareness programme like this. This programme has a fun element to it and also serves the purpose of awareness.”

Datta has targeted around 130 schools from Goregaon to Bhayander by approaching schools and convincing them about importance of such an initiative.

“I have created a pictorial presentation which would simplify many hygiene measures to these kids. School teachers will be handed over CDs of this presentation in a workshop, where I will help them how to introduce kids to hygiene measures and ill-effects in the absence of them. This will be done in schools before the Christmas vacation starts. So, kids can use the vacation time to put their creativity to use,” said Datta.

Kids will have to submit the posters in first week of January in their respective schools. Submitted posters will then be shortlisted to be viewed by experts from the field. The winners will then be felicitated in a formal event on January 8.

Though currently, schools from the Western suburbs will participate in the competition, Datta wants it to spread all across the city.

“Single-handedly, I cannot reach schools across the city. But they can email me at data.krishna@gmail.com if they wish to participate. If any school wants to conduct such activity, I would be happy to guide them,” he said.

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