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!