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Cool skill: Students learn to make soap, a saviour in times of Covid

Apeejay Svran Global School hosts an innovative workshop on handmade soap-making to propagate the message of hygiene



Since March 2020, hand sanitisers and soaps have come to the rescue of mankind. Children, adults and senior citizens alike have watched countless videos where several dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood heartthrob Akshay Kumar have propagated the importance of washing hands properly with soap (up to 30 seconds) to kill any virus contracted accidentally by touch. 

Soap, thus, is a product no longer limited to the logistics of bathing. It has emerged as a saviour at times of peril. It is therefore apt that school students be taught the skill of making soap using components of daily use at home.

In sync with this thought, the Apeejay Svran Global School organised a workshop on the art of hand-made soap making for students on December 30. Students of classes 1-8 participated in the workshop. The students were given a demonstration on how to make handmade soap using readily available components such as glycerine/charcoal soap base, colours and fragrances such as jasmine or sandalwood. The students were then instructed to pour the hot melted soap base into different shapes moulds.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Many of them came up with creative ideas and made a variety of beautiful colourful soaps of different sizes and designs.

Addressing the students on the importance of the workshop, Principal, Ms Deepika Arora stated, “We are all aware about the importance of washing hands at the time of the pandemic. It is a life-saving habit. However, I understand that as children we experience boredom while washing hands vigorously. But when you create something (soap) with your hands, you not only experience a feeling of fulfilment but also practice the habit of washing hands more efficiently.” She further added, “Students you may also gift the soap to your grandparents. This way you also get to learn the crucial values of sharing and caring.”

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected].