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
Exhibition and talk at Nan Hua Primary School
As Nan Hua Primary School celebrated Earth Day and No Cleaners Day on 25th May, RAS joined other organisations including the National Environment Agency to set up a booth exhibition showcasing a student game project under its Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms (STAR) Awards Programme. Visiting students were treated to a first-hand experience of rubbing their fingers with garlic and rinsing under the ozone water for five seconds which effectively removed the pungent smell. RAS has partnered with Adsec Global since 2014 to reach out to business owners and operators to help tackle the smell problem.
The exhibition which ended in the late morning was followed by an assembly talk conducted by the RAS in early noon to educate the students about World Toilet Day and kindness towards cleaning attendants. A similar exhibition was set up on 28th May at the Chatsworth International School to raise awareness about RAS and Adsec Global was again present to demonstrate the effectiveness of ozone water. The amused visitors did not forget to make some kind donations to the RAS after their unique experience at our booth.
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.