At the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic year we started by visiting 40 schools to discuss the execution of the
''healthy hands'' project. During these visits we met with all club coordinator and health scouts to discuss their role in the execution of this project. We also discussed the dangers of germs as a result of dirty hands and then linked up with the importance of hand washing. We explained to children that they will be healthier if they can maintain healthy hands by always washing with soap and water and then air drying.
Before the team left the school we had come to an agreement for each school on the role of the health clubs in maintaining the hand washing systems (tanks) that will be donated to their schools by Knowledge for Children. As a result of the outbreak of cholera in some Cameroonian communities many parents are really impressed with this project.
Installation of hand washing systems:
Since the month of April 2014, our health team has been visiting some of our schools to install the hand washing systems. Each school received three water tanks and a donation of soap with the agreement that the Parent Teacher Associations will provide more soap in the future. For schools that do not have water facilities within the school campus they got two barrels of 60 litres each for storage of water. Hand washing systems will be installed in 23 out of 40 schools and then the rest of them will benefit in the next academic year provided we get additional funding.
We intend to add 20 new schools to the program to make a total of 60 schools benefiting from our health education project, and inculcate hand washing as a life style !
Thank you all for making this possible through your donations!
Introduction:Since submission of the last report, Knowledge for Children has continued with the motto:”Good Health for Quality Education” to expand her Health Education Project in 20 primary schools. Beginning January 2013 based on the results of the follow up survey conducted in April 2012 to assess project impact we had recently installed 20 more clubs in 20 new primary schools. Thus Health Education in 40 primary schools. We have selected the new schools with consideration of a networking and a buddy system with the pilot project schools. We believe that the impact of the project will be better felt if the clubs can share their resources.
Project Continuity:Immediately after the installation of the new clubs we organized Health Club workshops with the objective to build Club Coordinators and Health Scouts capacities for better project execution. A series of four workshops were organized that trained 80 club coordinators, all primary school teachers and 80 Health Scouts who are to serve as Health club Delegates. After the evaluation of the pilot phase we discovered some setbacks which could be improved on. As mentioned in the last report we have to pay more attention to the usage of the Love Check Game, HIV Action Readers and as a result the recent workshops focused more on the Proper Usage of these Health Club Resources. Particular attention was also given to examine the role of games and stories in HIV and AIDS education.
Another problem these workshops were addressing was project sustainability and community involvement. Looking back at the pilot project we observed that since our club coordinators are all primary school teachers, some of them already trained, are being transferred by basic education authorities. Over the past year about 15% of our Club coordinators have been moved. The solution as proposed by these teachers is for us to train community based club coordinators who are not necessarily teachers and who therefore will not be transferred.
These workshops according to the project implementation policy officially introduced WASH activities as part of the Health Club Curriculum. Communities are sensitized and encouraged to provide hand washing equipment to their school so as to improve on basic hygiene and sanitation habits.
We have continued having working sessions with individual Health Clubs to introduce new Health Related games which could be used for greater impact.
Follow Ups:As the main objective of our program being behavioral change, we want to keep track of our former Health Scouts who have already graduated from primary school and are now in secondary school. We are creating an Alumni Network that will serve as a bridge between the Primary and secondary school health clubs. The purpose is to have the secondary school Health Scouts be mentors to the primary school Health Scouts. We believe that this project impact will be more effective if the youths are directly involved as actors in project execution.
A system has been created where Health Club coordinators are able to report directly to the Knowledge for Children Health Officer. Through these reports, Knowledge for Children is more informed and updated by the situation out in the field and can improve where need be.
We hope to create a healthy environment by working with our youths for better healthy practices. The saying here goes “A Healthy Mind Can Only Be in a Healthy Body”
We will endlessly continue to extend our heart felt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habits to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Life is a learning process so any information or advice you may bring to help will be genuinely received. we need your suggestions and we need you to spread the word!
With the main objective of creating HIV/AIDS and Malaria awareness amongst primary school pupils by actively involving the health scouts in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Malaria, the Health Club project has continued to achieve remarkable progress under the Motto: “Good Health For Quality Education”. Last year saw the initiation, execution and the evaluation of the pilot phase of this project and given the success achieved, 20 more schools have been enrolled to benefit from this project. We are also moving to the North of Cameroon, extending to schools there.
We are also hiring! bringing in devoted individuals to enhance our work.
A system has also been created tomake maximum usage of the material donated to the health club like the HIVAction readers and the Love Check Game which is an HIV Prevention game. During the visits by the Knowledge for Children team for the launching of the Health Clubs, we spend alot of time with the Health Club Coordinators and the Health Scouts educating them on how to make the clubs more effective, we focus more on demonstrating how to play the love check game. This game is a great tool to facilitate interactive HIV education and well as break the silence about HIV since players are stimulated to discuss HIV related issues. We believe that this game will have a great positive impact in HIV Education in the communities where we work. Wehave also designed a Health toolkit which covers a wide range of health issues that will help a lot to build the capacity of the heal club coordinators.World AIDS DAY 2012!
The Health scouts Knowledge for Children joint the population of Jakiri Subdivision in the North West Region of Cameroon to celebrate the international World AIDS Day on the 1st of December 2012 to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.The clubs that were represented presented a lot of activities ranging from drama, songs, poems, traditional dances, debates and much more. Theseactivities covered a wide range of topics like, Knowing Your HIV Status,Preventing HIV, Experiences from HIV Action Readers, Caring for Someone Livingwith HIV, Fighting Against Stigma and Discrimination, Dialogue Between parents and children on HIV, Supporting orphans. It was so much fun to watch these children present their activities with a lot of self esteem. All our thanks goto the Health Club Coordinators who have always worked to help these children create more HIV/AIDs awareness.
We will endlessly continue to extend our heart felt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habit to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Life is a learning process so any information oradvice you may bring to help will be genuinely received.
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