When most people are vaccinated, we call it:
- Herd immunity
For every Canadian student who gets at least 80 per cent in an online quiz on Kids Boost Immunity (KBI), a child somewhere else in the world receives a vaccine from UNICEF and herd immunity is boosted. So far, students across Canada have answered hundreds of thousands of questions about why immunization is important, earning more than 20,000 vaccinations for kids in need elsewhere on the planet.
The free national program is rolling out this school year, targeting students ages 10 to 17 across Canada. Teachers sign up online and get access to 35 lessons covering a wide range of topics aligning to science, health and social studies curriculums from grades 5-12. Examples include: how diseases spread, the immune system, vaccines, antibiotics, digital literacy and global inequality in health including the role of organizations like Gavi and UNICEF.
After the lesson, students answer questions using their own device or classroom computer to test their knowledge. Kids enjoy the instant feedback that comes with taking a digital quiz and also like competing against their classmates to earn the more vaccines. However, the biggest reason for the success of the platform is simple: KBI inspires a genuine spirit of giving by empowering kids to help other kids. The results thus far have been encouraging; an average student answers 175 questions on the site and earns 10 vaccines, learning about global health issues and helping save lives with every single click.