The goal of the project is to create and promote a positive health environment for teachers and students in support of improving health knowledge and awareness by creating a Health Hub at the local Secondary School. The Health Hub will be reserved for Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) classes and Health Club meetings. It will also be used for teacher workshops, to improve staff’s ability and knowledge to teach HFLE topics; which will include training on how to incorporate gender awareness in the classroom. Essentially, the teachers will be teaching all HFLE lessons and the Health club will be conducting meetings. It is being prepared to function as a space that will provide privacy and a 'safe space' for teachers and students to have sessions and discussions on topics that are sensitive to teenagers and in the cases of gender awareness. Additionally, the school needs a space for girls to be able to have open discussions in a setting that allows for them to express themselves freely on topics such as bodily functions and changes which they will experience during puberty. The Head Master of the school, the HFLE teachers, students, and parents, are all contributing to ensure that this project is planned and executed successfully. Our objectives are: By February 2020, 250 students will have participated in at least 4 or more HFLE class activities or lessons within the designated health classroom and 20 students will have participated in at least four or more health club activities within the designated health classroom. By March 2020, 25% of teachers will have attended a workshop to improve their ability to teach HFLE courses. This project aims to be gender inclusive and encourage teachers to empower both male and female students in the classroom, particular interest will be focused on encouraging girls to get involved in their communities. Part of the HFLE curriculum is to educate adolescent teens on reproductive health, sexuality, and caring for their bodies. This grant would provide reproductive models and educational posters to further the understanding of these health topics. These models will be used to educate students on their bodies and the various changes that they go through. The Health Hub will provide a safe space for students to learn and grow, while offering a relaxation corner where students can come to distress and relax during break time.
The school's science teacher, my counterpart, is the driving force behind this Health Hub. She is the leader of the school's Health Club and helped design the room so that classes and club meetings can be held in the room. The schools Head Mistress is also heavily involved with this project: making sure that the classroom gets cleaned out, that we have the support and tools we need to put the room together, and is ensuring the sustainability of the room. The social studies department, is also ensuring the maintenance of the room, being that they are the ones teaching HFLE classes and will be in charge of monitoring. The parents from the PTA are providing a huge amount of funds towards the room, including supplies and pillows. The schools staff and students helped with the cleaning of the classroom and painting of the walls and are planning on helping set up the room once the funds are provided.
To establish sustainability, the Health Hub is written in the “Secondary School Annual Work Plan 2019” to ensure that once the room is created, that it will not be used for any other purpose beside HFLE class and club meetings, and there is a clear identified staff member in charge of the room. The projection of the work plan is to facilitate programs in HFLE in a safe learning environment. The intended output/ outcome achievements, as stated in the work plan, is for teachers and students to work in a comfortable and private learning room. We acknowledge the importance of the sustainability of the room, therefore, to ensure that the room is properly cared for and to maintain the integrity of the furniture, we are going to implement some rules such as, no shoes, no food, and no drink, so that the carpet and pillows can withstand a long period of time with minimal damage. Monitoring and evaluation of the room will be done with daily attendance sheets and monitoring by HFLE teachers and the Head Master.