Introduction to School-based Projects
ADPP draws on its extensive experience in the educational sector as an effective means of promoting community health.
The basic concept is that 5 or more teachers from a number of local schools (often up to 100 schools) are trained on the issue at hand, with malaria, HIV, water and sanitation, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health as recent examples.
The teachers then give lessons to their pupils, based on the teachers' manual specially developed for the project. They also organize extra curricular community activities with the pupils. Malaria Control Patrols of approximately 20 pupils might give house-to-house instruction on the correct use of a mosquito net, or work to make people aware of how to avoid mosquito bites. Nutrition clubs might take part in and then replicate cooking demonstrations, and use key message pamphlets to discuss nutrition with their family and friends.
Involving other teachers, members of the Parent/Teacher Associations and other local stakeholders in organising the community actions is a key activities in the project, as these form Committees who can help sustain activities in the long term.