We at LIVE with Scientists couldn’t think of anything more timely than this next great resource hub! e-Bug is a Public Health England lead initiative providing resources for teaching and learning about microbes, disease prevention and antibiotics.
The e-Bug initiative aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by exchanging information and experience on good practice in antibiotic use and education. The scheme aims to do so by training future prescribers and users of antibiotics, complementing national antibiotic and hygiene education campaigns. This is all with the ultimate aim of helping to reduce antibiotic resistance across Europe.
The e-Bug initiative achieves these aims by providing a wealth of education resources, which are endorsed by NICE- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, for use in schools https://e-Bug.eu/ and are available in different languages thanks to the international partners of the e-Bug scheme https://e-Bug.eu/partners/partners.html
The e-Bug website offers various resources to support teachers and parents to use e-Bug resources such as:
- Support educators to teach topics such as infection prevention via their free FutureLearn e-learning courses
- Face-to-face CPD training for teachers on how to use e-Bug resources
- Lesson plans from hand hygiene to vaccination to cater to primary and secondary school pupils as well as young adults
- Antibiotic guardian programme empowering educators to teach the next generation of prescribers and antibiotic users to become Antibiotic guardians who can champion safe and effective antibiotic use
But it’s not all about parents and teachers, the e-Bug website has great resources for students too!
- there are resources that can help you run sessions to teach other students with fun activities (Peer education)
- Specific website sections for primary, secondary and young adult students where you can find interesting fact files, interactive quizzes, revision guides, instructions for science you can do at home and games – our favourite was firing jets of soap and water at microbes to wash them off!
You can also find:
Great resources in the Beat The Bugs programme, a community hygiene course aimed to cater to everyone in our communities.
So if, like us, you want to see more of what e-Bug has to offer, head over to https://e-Bug.eu/ you might even want to start with their Coronavirus page where the e-Bug team have put together hand and respiratory hygiene resources!
Even better, we are featuring two activities from the e-Bug site that you can do at home. These are aimed at secondary school students but anyone can have a go! The first is a short activity that shows us why soap is so important for hand hygiene (we recommend for 9 years and above) The second activity is a bit longer and shows what bacteria live in our kitchens! (we recommend for 11 years and above).
~ This article was written by Josh on behalf of the Live with Scientists team. ~