In the spirit of promoting children’s safety education, the Ministry of Education in cooperation with UNICEF and Save the Children has produced a child-friendly TV programme Happy Family to nurture the children’s understanding about social distancing, personal hygiene, and education from home.
The video series was funded by the USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION project with the main objective of ensuring children are well-informed on how to protect themselves and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
In a press release yesterday, Elizabeth Pearce, country director of Save the Children in Cambodia, said that in general, infectious diseases spread more quickly among children who are more tactile and less able to understand instructions about hygiene and sanitation.
“Therefore, children can play a key role in helping to reduce transmission rates, not just among themselves, but among the whole community if simple measures and age-appropriate information are provided to them,” she said.
The Happy Family edutainment programme targets children aged from five to 10 years. It provides information on hygienic measures to prevent the virus spread, home education, fighting against stigma and discrimination as well as tips on how to take care of their mental and physical well-being amidst the COVID-19 situation.
The programme employs child-friendly and fun activities to help children to understand and apply key measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cristian Munduate, UNICEF’s Representative in Cambodia, said yesterday that in times of crisis, children bear the highest toll.
She said UNICEF is committed with partners to make sure children have access to tailored, child-friendly and inclusive information on how to protect themselves.
“Knowing how to properly wash their hands or observe the correct social distancing can be lifesaving.” Ms Munduate said. “While schools and public events are not accessible, we hope through TV and social media, we can provide families around the country with the knowledge they need to stay healthy and safe.”
Through the TV programme, Save the Children teams also raises awareness on the risks of the COVID-19 and ways to slow its spread among the vulnerable and marginalised communities.
Happy Family will be aired every weekend from today on children’s TV channels, including on Bayon TV, TV5 and PNN as well as on social media channels.