Projects & Activities - Outreach & Education

RAS has been reaching out to preschools, primary and secondary schools through fun and interactive means of inculcating the preschoolers and students with best practices about toilet hygiene and etiquette.

Apart from its school outreach programmes, RAS has also been reaching out to corporations, common tenants of a building, homes etc., through seminars and workshops on toilet issues.

 

 

Latest Outreach & Education Events

First MOE Kindergarten under the Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme (HTPP)

MOE Kindergarten @ Dazhong was among the 30 preschools that signed up for the HTPP at the Pre-school Environmental Education Advisor Networking Session organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA) in July last year. Since the launch of the HTPP in 2015, RAS has reached out to 90 preschools. Preschools from PAP Community Foundation (PCF), NTUC First Campus namely My First Skool and Little Skool House, G8 Education namely Cherie Hearts, Our Juniors’ Schoolhouse, and Bright Juniors have participated including smaller preschools as well.

Under the HTPP holistic programme, apart from washroom inspections, children, parents, teachers and cleaners are approached as follows:

  • Hygiene talks and activities for children: Good practices such as handwashing steps against communicable diseases such as Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD)
  • Hygiene talks for parents: Good practices against communicable diseases such as Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) and guide to handle HFMD-infected children including method of clearing human discharge such as vomit, blood, etc.
  • Workshops for teachers: Tips on effectively engaging children on hygiene and method of clearing human discharge such as vomit, blood, etc.
  • Training for cleaners: Method of clearing human discharge such as vomit, blood, etc. Correct use of chemicals, prevention of cross contamination, etc.

Educational talk at Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)

RAS accepted an email invitation by the CCF to conduct a talk for students as one of their educational enrichment lessons under the CCF PALS (Place for Academic Learning and Support) programme. The RAS talk at CCF is favourably viewed as a priority for its students who have a lower immune system and thus require an infection-controlled environment. The contents of the talk cover areas in the toilet with high bacteria count, prevention of the “sneezing effect” from flushing, proper handwashing, etc.

CCF is a fully self-funded voluntary welfare organisation with the mission of improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being. The meaningful PALS programme provides transitional support for children with cancer. The interim learning centre accepts children and youths who are undergoing cancer treatment and thus have to be temporarily absent from their mainstream school. Besides academic teaching, enrichment activities are incorporated, which are similar to what mainstream schools offer for their students.

World Toilet Summit & Expo (WTSE) 2016

The RAS was invited by the World Toilet Organization to its WTSE 2016 held in Kuching as one of the panellists for its panel discussion on overcoming challenges on the ground. Joining RAS were toilet associations from Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. RAS shared about its flagship public toilet rating programme - Happy Toilet Programme which is similarly replicated and implemented in Kuching. RAS also shared its success story of actively engaging all stakeholders including government agencies to raise toilet standards and its partnerships with companies on smart toilet technologies to overcome manpower constraints in Singapore. The Kuching WTSE attracted about 600 delegates worldwide including many Malaysian government officials.

The RAS played its part as a local partner of the Singapore WTSE in 2009 and supported the Philadelphia WTSE in the following year, to share about its close partnership with the government agencies which included working with the National Environment Agency on a revised guideline of providing more female toilets. Since the inception of the World Toilet Summit in 2001, the summit had been successfully held at major cities worldwide such as Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Belfast, Moscow, New Delhi, Macau, Hainan, Philadelphia and Solo, reaching out to a total of about 10,000 delegates.

RAS supports Clean & Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival

After the CGS Carnival, which was opened to the public, ended on 6th November, preschools and schools were invited to the carnival the following day on Monday with special stage performance and activities educating them on tips of going green and keeping the toilets and public areas clean. Visiting preschoolers and students also got to visit one of the exhibition booths about public toilet hygiene with our Happy Toilet Programme logo display. RAS was invited by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to set up an activity booth for visiting teachers, parents and preschoolers. RAS partnered with Adsec Global and Universal Sovereign to set up the booth with Adsec Global showcasing its product and bacteria-count learning experience with teachers while RAS conducting the educational game activity for preschoolers.

Preschoolers were presented with tissue packets and tokens, which were sponsored by Universal Sovereign, for successfully completing the game. The popularity of the game saw more than 100 preschoolers visiting our booth, setting a record of more than 10 preschoolers playing the game at the same time. For the first time, the CGS Schools' (CGSS) Carnival was held at the same site of the CGS Carnival to better reach out the preschool and school communities. The CGSS carnivals had been mostly held at educational institutions such as Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Colleges for the past few years.




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