St Denis’ primary school in Glasgow is teaching pupils the importance of hand hygiene through a brand new schools programme developed by Dettol alongside educational and medical experts. As the official hygiene partner of this year’s UN Global Climate Change Conference (COP26) Dettol has been active in the community during the conference working with local schools to embed long-lasting hygiene practices in children aged 6-8. Now in Glasgow, the programme has already launched in Nigeria and Italy with Australia and South Africa set to follow early next year.

As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationally there’s never been a more important time for children to understand how good hand hygiene can prevent illness transmission. Dettol’s new schools programme, Dettol Hygiene Quest, has been created to help teachers demonstrate the importance of good hygiene and has already been adopted by over 50 schools in the Glasgow area.

The engaging, story-led programme being piloted in Glasgow takes pupils on an exciting hygiene adventure exploring the importance of hand hygiene. This new initiative has been created in collaboration with medical experts, curriculum designers, gamification developers and behavioral change specialists to ensure that it’s engaging and educational whilst also embedding life-long hand hygiene practices.

In advance of COP26, St Denis’s primary school took part in an interactive workshop session based on the programme which included a visit from a real-life mascot featured in Dettol Hygiene Quest! It was a huge success and popular with both students and teachers. St Denis’ primary school had smiles all around as the pupils learned the basics of hand hygiene.

Eilidh Barry from St Denis’s primary school said: “Our pupils are so excited to be a part of bringing Dettol Hygiene Quest to life during COP26 and had a great deal of fun learning about the programme. This is a great opportunity for them to be a part of one of the worlds’ largest conferences fighting worldwide issues and it is so great to see an organisation like Dettol making a difference on important global issues”

Dettol is committed to leaving a legacy in Glasgow and alongside their involvement at COP26 are offering a further 10 live sessions, like the one at St Denis’, to primary schools in Glasgow as they get ready for a wider launch of the programme across the UK. Dettol will also be donating a portion of the hand sanitiser stations used at COP26 to local government offices, universities and communities in need.

Pupils from St Denis’s and Carronshore primary schools visited the Green Zone at COP26 to see Dettol bring to life the new Dettol Hygiene Quest during a live show in the Science theatre. Also in attendance during the live show was Hamzah Sarwar, Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director at Reckitt.

Speaking about the innovative programme, Hamzah Sarwar said ‘We created Dettol Hygiene Quest to engage young people in the importance of daily hygiene habits in a fun and engaging way. It is paramount that we support teachers and their pupils in embedding these behaviours during formative years to prevent infection and keep children thriving at school.”

As the official hygiene partner for COP26, Dettol wants to highlight the link between planetary and public health, emphasising the importance of human health in ensuring the sustainable, long-term health of our planet. Schools can still sign up to be a part of Dettol Hygiene Quest today here