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Improving health practices: The evolution of a locally sustained school health initiative to ensure that children are ready to learn

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Learning is clearly difficult for children when they are sick or hungry. Yet in the developing world, many children attend schools that have no drinking water, hand washing facilities, latrines, or food to eat. In a baseline study conducted in 2004, School-to-School (STS) found that approximately half of children attending targeted schools suffered from intestinal worms, and about a third of children came to school hungry. Almost none of the 30 schools targeted by STS had latrines, hand washing facilities, potable water, or clean food. With the support of the Alcoa Foundation, STS has implemented a series of school health initiatives that have resulted in the construction of latrines, wells or water points, and the provision of school medical kits for the majority of its schools. The organization has also collaborated with the Ministries of Education and Health to develop school health policies and train all of the teachers in the 30 target schools to implement life-skills-based health education modules. This approach, based on the FRESH model (Focusing Resources for Effective School Health), has resulted in improved health knowledge and practices on the part of students and teachers. This presentation will focus on strategies to attain school health results, the results of an impact study conducted by STS in 2008, and issues currently being addressed to render program gains sustainable by schools and local communities.
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Harry, Rebecca. "Improving health practices: The evolution of a locally sustained school health initiative to ensure that children are ready to learn" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493952_index.html>

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Harry, R. "Improving health practices: The evolution of a locally sustained school health initiative to ensure that children are ready to learn" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493952_index.html

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Abstract: Learning is clearly difficult for children when they are sick or hungry. Yet in the developing world, many children attend schools that have no drinking water, hand washing facilities, latrines, or food to eat. In a baseline study conducted in 2004, School-to-School (STS) found that approximately half of children attending targeted schools suffered from intestinal worms, and about a third of children came to school hungry. Almost none of the 30 schools targeted by STS had latrines, hand washing facilities, potable water, or clean food. With the support of the Alcoa Foundation, STS has implemented a series of school health initiatives that have resulted in the construction of latrines, wells or water points, and the provision of school medical kits for the majority of its schools. The organization has also collaborated with the Ministries of Education and Health to develop school health policies and train all of the teachers in the 30 target schools to implement life-skills-based health education modules. This approach, based on the FRESH model (Focusing Resources for Effective School Health), has resulted in improved health knowledge and practices on the part of students and teachers. This presentation will focus on strategies to attain school health results, the results of an impact study conducted by STS in 2008, and issues currently being addressed to render program gains sustainable by schools and local communities.


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