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Please feel free to email secretariat@worldomep.org and let us know how you celebrated the Global Handwashing Day 2014. Thank you very much!


Regional Vice President for Africa Mrs. Abimbola Are, together with OMEP-Nigeria Oyo State Chapter, celebrated Global Handwashing Day on October 15. The event was joined by a guest speaker, who was a government senior health worker (health education and early childhood) and the mass media (both TV and print). Children of public schools celebrated the special day with children of OMEP school members. It was a huge success and the news was in all Ibadan, the second largest city in Africa.


Bosnia and Herzegovina


The Global Handwashing Day was celebrated in the following schools:
*Escuela Adventista Manta. 45 students
*Escuela La Pradera. 70 students
*Escuela Ramon Virgilio Azua. 80 students
*Escuela Pedro Fermin Cevallos. 80 students
*Centro de Educacion Infantil Richard Macay. 165 students

In memory of Margaret Roberts:

It is with great regret that I inform you of the death of Margaret Roberts last week.

A gracious lady totally dedicated to the education of young children and to their well being.

I was privileged to be her student on ‘The Child Development Course’ at The Institute of Education, University of London in 1967 – 1968. It was her influence which persuaded me to become a member of OMEP. For one year Margaret was The World President of OMEP, and succeeded in placing the organisation on a sound basis.

Margaret started her career in a nursery, trained at Goldsmith’s College, London and taught and ran nursery schools in Birmingham and London. Later she became a tutor

On the ‘Early Years Education Course’ at Goldsmith’s College. Many of her former students recall her work there with great respect and affection.

Then Margaret went to work in the Education Department of Hobart University, Tasmania, where she was much respected. Later she returned to Maria Gray College, West London as a senior lecturer in education. There she influenced many early years’ students and teachers. After many years there, she returned to Australia to ‘The Early Years Department; of Adelaide University, South Australia. Again, she made a deep impression on many educationists, and is regarded with much affection by OMEP members in Australia.

In 1967/8 Margaret followed Dorothy Gardener as senior lecturer in charge of ‘The Early years Course’ at the Institute of Education, University of London.

I visited early year’s placements with Margaret, and delighted to see how her total involvement in the children’s activities brought great warmth to the situation.

Margaret was kind, caring and possessed great empathy. Her passing is a sad loss to us all.

Dorothy Eiddona Selleck,  5th of October, 2014

The 2014 OMEP World Assembly reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to WASH from the Start in collaboration with UNICEF.  The aim is to bring water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH) to young children, so they enter school healthy and ready to learn. The World Assembly decided that all OMEP National Committees should (1) celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15 each year and (2) post information and photos about Global Handwashing Day on their websites, and (3) submit photos for the World OMEP website. Here are some resources to help you plan Global Handwashing Day (GHD) events.

1.  Here is a great downloadable Global Handwashing Day Planners guide: http://www.who.int/gpsc/events/2008/Global_Handwashing_Day_Planners_Guide.pdf

2.  Here is another downloadable Global Handwashing Day Planners Guide.  It’s full of ideas that can easily be used or adapted for preschools and other early childhood settings: http://globalhandwashing.org/ghw-day

3.  Here is a third downloadable planners guide that includes ideas for assessing your Global Handwashing Day activities: http://globalhandwashing.org/resources/schools/assessing-impact-global-handwashing-day-activities

4.  Here is a link for some free,  downloadable posters and logos: https://www.google.com/search?q=Global+Handwashing+Day+2014&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UdjHU7rhFMrzoAT07oH4BQ&ved=0CDYQsAQ&biw=1066&bih=556

Here are some examples of the images you can download:

5.  Here is the Global Handwashing Day activities map. We’d love to see every OMEP country on the map after October 2014: http://globalhandwashing.org/ghw-day/activities

6.  Here’s a link to a Twitter Chat with more ideas about Global Handwashing Day: http://www.msh.org/blog/2012/10/15/how-to-celebrate-global-handwashing-day

Global Handwashing Day Beach Party organized by OMEP Benin
Global Handwashing Day Beach Party organized by OMEP Benin
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