#CulturePH - Safeguard’s #SAFEWash, MWF and DepEd Join Hands to Ensure Safer Balik Eskwela 2022

The Philippines has had the longest school closure in history for two years, but both public and private schools have now reopened.

The difficulties caused by the "digital divide," or the difference in people's access to digital resources like the Internet and digital-enabled services and gadgets, were what led to the return of in-person education. It was noted in the Philippines Digital Economy Report 2020 by the National Economic Development Authority and the World Bank that students who do poorly and those from underprivileged groups have been negatively impacted by this unequal access to digital resources.

DepEd's "Oplan Balik Eskwela 2022" engages partner organizations, stakeholder groups, and other stakeholders to bridge this gap and promote a secure return to face-to-face instruction.

Back-to-School-Ready with #SAFEWash

Safeguard collaborated with DepEd and MWF to increase the minimum handwashing requirements of schools in Metro Manila and other important regions countrywide through the SAFEWash program, aiding in the facilitation of a successful nationwide school reopening.

In order to raise money for the National Orthopedic Hospital School for Crippled Children (NOH SCC), this partnership organized a successful MWF & Safeguard Brigada Eskwela on August 17. Sinks and hand soap were provided.

In addition to the contributions, the initiative provided instructional modules and a training session for school employees to reinforce good handwashing habits. P&G employees volunteered their time to assist with classroom renovations.

A Huge Step Towards a Safer Normal

Over 200,000 children and teachers have now been exposed to Safeguard's SAFEWash nationwide as of today.

Vice President for P&G Beauty Care and Brand Operations Aldrich Gopal underlined the Brand's mission to protect the nation's health as he celebrated this significant step towards a Safer Normal.  “A huge thank you to our partners for helping make this happen. Together, we take this step towards a SAFER normal, directly impacting the lives of our schoolchildren and their families,” he said.

The SAFEWash initiative is still very much in progress even though this ongoing collaboration has already made significant progress in assuring health and hygiene in schools.

More Helping Hands Needed

As a supplement to DepEd's WASH in Schools (WinS) initiative, SAFEWash has been helping schools fight germs and illnesses since its introduction in 2020. WinS is DepEd's three-star rating system for assessing the general cleanliness and hygiene of public schools, where there is a good chance to instill the right handwashing culture.

The project's objective, to improve the hand hygiene rating of schools throughout the Philippines, can only be met with consistent assistance and support. We can work together to create a Safer Normal where good handwashing culture is fostered in schools with your continuous support of Safeguard. After all, defending the future of the country involves defending the students and faculty.

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