07 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :36

Nursing Students at Addington Primary for educational fun day

Nursing Students at Addington Primary for educational fun day
Second year UKZN nursing students at Addington Primary School.

Second-year UKZN Nursing students presented an educational fun day with the emphasis on life skills and personal hygiene for about 200 Grade 3 pupils at Addington Primary School  in Durban.

A total of 27 student nurses hosted the event as part of their community intervention project. 

Student nurse Ms Justine Grantham said the group brain stormed and came up with an ideal programme for the children.

‘We decided to do it for the Grade 3 class because we believe children are the future of South Africa and will make our country better one day,’ said Grantham.

She said they chose Addington Primary after their lecturer, Dr Mbali Mhlongo, assigned the group to the Point area.

The students started the day by teaching the children about personal hygiene. Student Ms Thandekile Mkhonta explained to the youngsters the importance of taking care of their bodies and the value of washing hands.

They were treated to sing along videos from Sesame Street that did not only entertain them but also taught them the correct way of brushing their teeth and washing their hands.

Ms Halalisile Buthelezi taught the young ones about HIV stigmatisation and myths about HIV, while Ms Slindile Makhwasa and Mr Sikelela Ngobese did a presentation on pollution, and discussed the different forms of pollution ranging from water pollution to land and air pollution.

The children were also shown a video about bullying and asked to make a pledge to never be bullies. 

Motivational speaker Mr Kulunga Khwela gave a talk on the importance of being good children.

All the presentations and videos were followed by question and answer sessions in which children got a chance to win some great prizes.

The learners were also taught about healthy eating habits and nutrition.

Nombuso Dlamini

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