| Jul 3, 2023
Ashebr during School Eye Care Club
Ashebr, an inspiring 14-year-old Ethiopian student, has become a passionate advocate for trachoma prevention and education, thanks to the remarkable effforts of Orbis trained techers to educate children about the importance of eye care.
Even as the summer holidays commenced, Ashebr and his classmates willingly agreed to demonstrate a classroom session on trachoma, showcasing their in-depth understanding through a vibrant and informative poster. During his presentation, Ashebr’s confidence and command over the topic shone through, leaving no doubt about his dedication. He emphasized crucial practices, such as washing hands with soap and water, avoiding eye contact with unclean rags, and the importance of spreading health tips to raise awareness among young Ethiopian students. Ashebr eloquently described his school’s health club as a platform for sharing the information they receive from their instructors, where club members such as himself actively take on the responsibility of educating their peers and extending their knowledge to parents and other community members.
To combat trachoma we've been training teachers in primary eye care and vision testing - meaning teachers can spot the first signs of eye disease before it’s too late and refer pupils who need glasses. After receiving the training teachers create their own "Eye Care Clubs". Dedicated eye care clubs across secondary schools in southern Ethiopia, allow students, like Ashebr, to learn how to take good care of their eyes and what to do if their vision begins to deteriorate. The clubs also illustrate the importance of hygiene for good eye care and the prevention of trachoma.
The health club utilizes various methods, such as structured sessions during the flag ceremony at school and communicating with friends within the community who do not attend school about information regarding trachoma prevention. Ashebr’s dedication and enthusiasm serve as an inspiring example of how targeted educational initiatives can empower youth to combat trachoma. Through his profound understanding of trachoma transmission and prevention, Ashebr plays a pivotal role in disseminating this knowledge to his peers, parents, and the wider community. With the active participation of passionate individuals like Ashebr, a brighter and trachoma-free future for Ethiopia is within reach.
Ashebr presenting on how to prevent Trachoma