JICA organizes contest on Global Handwashing Day to promote correct handwashing habits, under its ‘Achhi Aadat’ Campaign

New Delhi: Recognizing that children are the “Change Agents” for tomorrow, JICA is calling for participants in a contest for Global Handwashing Day, under the Achhi Aadat Campaign. JICA is hosting a contest for children between the ages of 6 and 15 years old to promote good hygiene from a young age and to foster awareness in children about the importance of hand washing and making them understand the same in an enjoyable and inventive manner. The Global Handwashing Day is observed to inculcate hygienic and clean habits in all of us. The importance of keeping our hands clean and washing them well is widely known, but has become even more crucial with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made handwashing and sanitizing regularly the need of the hour.


The theme for the contest is “Promoting Correct Handwashing Habit in All” and has several categories for participation. The awards for the contest will be sent to respective winners of each category via courier. There are four categories in the contest as shown below:

Create a Video
Make a Poster
Click a Photograph
Draw a Special Character
*For the forth category of “Draw a Special Character”, children may take inspiration from the Hello Kitty hand wash video and all entries must be related to handwashing, its benefits and why it is so important.

For contest, the participants are invited who are between 6 and 15 years of age, should be residing in India, and they must belong to a school, NGO or other organization. Only one entry is allowed per category, and it must be original and unpublished. The contest provides a platform for creativity to flourish and bring in great work from children from all over India.


The deadline to apply for the contest is 7 October 2021, 6:00PM IST. The result of the same will be announced on 12 October 2021, and the award ceremony will be held online on 14th October 2021, one day before the Global Handwashing Day.