SHEP (School Health Education Programmes) is part of the Ghana Health Service and deals with health education in the schools. It is important to give support to this programme, to prevent diseases and problems at school and raise awareness of the youth about health issues.
In the past year we were able to make good contacts with the SHEP coordinator, and with his help and the cooperation of the teachers we set up a couple of programmes, based on their needs.
Every school, both in Gushegu town and the schools in the district, has one health teacher.
This person has the task of taking care of the health situation at school and health education for the pupils. The schools in Gushegu also have a committee consisting of children and the health teacher, and they deal with the health situation around the school and talk about health issues.
Last year, we gave two First Aid Training sessions for these health teachers from Gushegu and Zanteli, with the help of a visitor from Holland, who was a First Aid Trainer there. Beside that, we provided each school with a First Aid Box, and made agreements with them and the SHEP coordinator about how to maintain this boxes. They got a guideline with the most basic and common First Aid they could give, and what to do with more severe injuries of their pupils.
A second thing the teachers needed, was education about health issues on their schools. Together with them we made a plan what topics needed education, and did workshops at the primary andsecondary schools in Gushegu. The workshops dealt with personal hygiene, STD’s (Sexual Transmitted Diseases) and nutrition, and were applied to the age of the pupils. For example, for the pupils of the secondary school was more focused on their personal hygiene as adolescent, and there was attention to STD’s. For the pupils of the primary schools we gave some general information about their personal hygiene (clean finger nails, washing your hands, etc).
Many more workshops can be given to the children and the teachers of the schools, and there is much more work to do on the health situation in and around the schools, and the prevention of diseases.
We think it’s important to invest in the youth, because the youth is the future. [Pagiwuni]