Fourteen schools and surrounding villages in Honiara and Guadalcanal are being treated to a performance by Dreamcast Drama Group.
The performance, which uses drama, songs, dancing and demonstrations, is being performed as part of a Handwashing Campaign coordinated by Ministry of Health Environmental Health and Health Promotion Divisions, and UNICEF.
The dreamcast drama, operating through Development Services Exchange (DSE), include characters, such as red and green germs and Germ Buster, to encourage children aged 6-12 years old, and their parents and teachers, to wash their hands with water and soap before eating and after going to the toilet.
The Director of Environmental Health Division Mr Tom Nanau says this drama approach is an amusing way to remind children and adults of the importance of washing their hands at key times, and how forgetting to wash hands can cause bad odour, sickness and even death.
Meanwhile, Sanitation and Hygiene Manager, Mr Marcel Gapu, adds, building a simple handwashing facility outside the kitchen and toilet is a simple way to ensure water and soap is readily available for handwashing at school and at home.
The activity forms part of the MHMS and UNICEF Handwashing Strategic Health Communication Plan, which was launched on Global Handwashing Day last year.