Tawi-Tawi promotes simple hygiene program for kids-A A +A
Sunday, September 2, 2012
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – School children of Tawi-Tawi will now be taught to practice healthy habits to ensure better attendance in school and improve their academic performance.
This very simple but cost effective program is being supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and its German partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Tawi-Tawi, the country’s southernmost island province located 1,300 kilometers away from Manila, joins more than 30 provinces nationwide that are actively implementing the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP), the flagship school health program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
August 29 this year marked a new milestone of the province when stakeholders of the internationally recognized school health program officially witnessed the historic EHCP launch and MOA signing by the Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-Armm), the Provincial Government headed by Governor Sadikul Sahali and Fit for School, a Philippine non-government organization that assists DepEd in EHCP implementation.
The launch and signing was held at the Conference Hall of the DepEd Tawi-Tawi Division.
EHCP scale up is a component of AusAID’s long-term education assistance to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).
EHCP consists of three interventions: daily hand washing with soap, daily tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste and bi-annual deworming activity.
In Tawi-Tawi, the program will initially be implemented in five model schools, which will benefit 3,000 children for school year 2012-2013.
Subsequently, the program will be implemented in all public primary schools in Tawi-Tawi to be supported by local government units.
The identified five model schools are Datu Halun Laboratory Elementary School, Tubig Tanah Elementary School, Sea Orchids Elementary School, Datu Halun Laboratory Elementary School in Bongao and Batu-Batu Central School and Panglima Jalman in Panglima Sugala.(PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 02, 2012.