Twenty (20) basic school teachers in the Bongo district of the Upper East Region have received training from the St. Andrews’ Clinics For Children-Ghana (StACC-Ghana), a non-governmental organisation based in Accra.
The two-day workshop was aimed at improving their health awareness to help prevent parasitic diseases in the District.
The teachers were taken through the use of interactive flip charts and a board game to effectively teach children about the causative agents and preventive measures of major parasitic diseases.
The District Director of Education for the Bongo District, Duncan Nsoh, addressing participants said, “Learning is best when there is play” and encouraged them to utilise the aids they have been introduced to, in teaching the children in their respective schools.
He noted that children when will be taught would become agents of change within their communities.
He told the teachers to put the tools they have been given into good use and “not permit the aids to gather dust”, but rather, turn to them often, in order to keep the children engaged and informed.
All participants were given copies of the instruction manual for the toolkit to enable them teach the children in their various schools.
StACC-Ghana, as part of another phase of the project, will visit the schools of participating teachers to set up school health clubs and observe the teachers’ utilization of the materials to education pupils.
The NGO also donated some clothing and learning aides to pupils in the Asaloko community.
Assemblyman for the area, Steven Anafo on behalf of the community, thanked the NGO for its hard work and promised they would put the knowledge and materials to good use.
StACC-Ghana has since 2008 been engaged in screening and treating soil-transmitted helminthiasis in both enrolled and non-enrolled children of school going age in the Bongo district.
The NGO was supported by Adventure Junkies in this exercise.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana