If talking does not work, try cartoons.

This was the approach taken by secondary school teacher Tessa Solomon, president of the Rotary Club of Point Fortin, when she partnered with Seven Seas Water recently to teach students from three primary schools in Point Fortin about water conservation, hygiene and sanitation tips.

It was part of a pilot program called WASH in Schools Target Challenge, created by Rotary International to develop water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) education.

The team did a presentation using cartoon characters to teach youth about adopting healthy habits that could save lives, as well as learning to respect water rather than waste it. Students also saw PH level tests being done for sea and tap water. The idea was to help students learn the importance of water conservation and good hygiene in a fun, accessible way.

They educated children from Standards Four and Five from Guapo Government Primary and Point Fortin Anglican schools, and from Standard Two from Point Fortin Roman Catholic School. Solomon said in the new term they will follow up to see if children are using the hygiene guidelines.