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When Do Students Learn the Fastest?

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The short answer is: When the students do the teaching!

The students at the Barina Agricultural School in Sierra Leone loved showing their artistic skills and teaching themselves about healthy sanitation practices!

Barina Agricultural School, Sierra Leone, rainwater harvesting, Bank On Rain

WASH YOUR HANDS!

Last September Bank-On-Rain successfully installed a rain collection system for the 300 students at the school and along with this we wanted to educate everyone about the importance of hand washing.

We created teaching aids before we left on our mission to Africa; however we had no idea how much the students would take to the idea of painting their own. What is more important the students followed their own instructions, and watched that their peers did the same There is no way a lecture or a government sanitation pamphlet would have had the same impact.

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SICKNESS IS EVERYWHERE!

Bank-On-rain wanted to get the message across that sickness most often came from poor sanitation…not from bad magic.

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WASH HANDS BEFORE EATING…SICKNESS IS EVERYWHERE

This message was painted on the door of the latrine….for obvious reasons!

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WASH SICKNESS AWAY

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PUSH BUTTON, PUT HANDS UNDER WATER, SHAKE HANDS IN SUN TO DRY, AND DO NOT LEAVE THE WATER RUNNING!

Seeing these students painting instructions on the many buildings was definitely a highlight of my visit to Africa and of my summer internship with Bank On Rain.

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RUB HANDS TOGETHER

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SHAKE HANDS IN SUN TO DRY

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WASH HANDS, NO SICKNESS, LONG LIFE!

I wish all the students and teachers at the Barina Agricultural School a long life…and thank them for this fabulous opportunity of working with them.

Emily Berg, Bank On Rain 2011 Intern and Researcher. THINK RAIN!

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Published originally December 20, 2011 on Posterous

 

 

 

 

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