A STRATEGIC APPROACH FOR IMPROVING HEALTH
CONCEPT OF SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMME
Concept of School Health Programme Improving the health conditions and process of learning among school children through school based health and nutrition programmes is not a new concept. At present, most of the developed Countries have institutionalized school health programmes as an integral part of their education systems. A number of national and international agencies have decades of experience in this area. School Health Programmes are primarily based on two pertinent premises.
Firstly, the relationship of quality of learning with the health conditions of students, and secondly, responsibility of the state to facilitate smooth physical and mental growth of children for their future role as productive members of the society. A third dimension emphasized in certain situations is the potential contribution of students in dissemination of health and hygiene education messages to their parents and community at large. This phenomenon is also termed as child to child, and child to community transmission of information relating to health care and disease control.
Global experiences link success in school health programme with partnership between various departments and agencies, including Education, Health, and Environment. Effective school health programmes will transform schools into child-friendly environment and contribute significantly to the promotion of ‘Education for All’.
RATIONALE AND SIGNIFICANCE
Education sector not only trains or prepares human resources needed for the economy; it also produces leadership for various spheres of life. The leadership coming out of the educational institutions influences social and political dynamics in the country. Teachers, professors, and education managers enjoy respect in the community, and they have the potential to contribute significantly as catalysts of social change and development.
SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMME WILL YIELD FOLLOWING BENIFITS:
- Reduction in dropout rate contribute
- Enhancement of quality of education and learning outcomes
- Improvement in health conditions of young population
- Disease control and an overall improvement in health conditions in the society at large
- Education about cleanliness, personal hygiene, and sanitation.
- Preventive information against various non- communicable common diseases
- Education about Prevention against communicable diseases
- Guidance, education and Counseling for adolescent students on puberty issues
- Health screening (medical check up) of students on regular basis
- Referral of students with health problems to medical centers for treatment or rehabilitation
- Dental care and education
- Education on Healthy food (balanced diet) and clean drinking water
- Sports and Physical education
- Environment education
- Life skills based education
- Education on safety at home, on roads and at school