Adolescent Health Awareness Programme at Billabong High International School, 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

Through an initiation by Billabong High International School, this Adolescent Health Awareness Programme was conducted for the students of grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 on 14, 16, 21, 23 & 30 September and on 5 and 7 October 2010. A total of 118 students participated in this programme. The topics covered in the sessions were on Life skills, Thalassaemia Awareness, Sexual and Reproductive Health and a session on the work done by SHE and volunteerism. All the facilitators of the sessions were staff of SHE. Information was provided to the students via Power Point Presentations, group discussions, informative games, role plays and other printed materials.

1.     Activity Details

                               I.            Sessions and Participation

The sessions were carried out during the life skills period of the students. The time allocated for each session was 35 minutes.

Sessions on Life Skills

The topic discussed in this session was relationship Building. It was facilitated by Thoma Abdul Samad from the counseling and Psychosocial services of SHE. This session was conducted for the students of grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. A total of 118 students participated in this session. Information was provided through group discussions and role plays.

In this session, the students were given information on the types of relationships, things that could positively and negatively effect a relationship and how to maintain a good relationship.

In order to help the students understand the issue better, a role play was played. This role play showed the students how certain behaviors can affect a relationship and ways a relationship can be improved.

Before each session ended, the students were given a chance to ask the facilitators any questions they had about the topic that was discussed.

Session on Thalassaemia Awareness

The sessions on thalassaemia awareness was facilitated by Mariya Saeed, Mariyam Zila and Asha Abdul Kareem from the Thalassaemia Diagnostic Services of SHE. These sessions were conducted for the students of grades 8 and 9. The total number of students who participated in these sessions was 67. Information was provided via Power Point Presentations and group discussions.

In this session, the students were informed on what thalassaemia was and how thalassaemia can be inherited. The types of thalassaemia and the prevalence rate of thalassaemia in the Maldives were also discussed. In addition, the students were also given information on the inheritance pattern of thalassaemia and how it can be prevented. Along with this, information was also provided on the symptoms of thalassaemia and the treatment methods.

Before the sessions ended, the students were given a chance to ask the facilitator any questions they had about the issues discussed. Some of the students asked questions like how thalassaemia first began and what happens if thalassaemia is left untreated. All the questions by the students were addressed by the facilitators.

Sessions on Sexual and Reproductive Health

The topics discussed in these sessions were Personal Hygiene, HIV/AIDS and STI’s. It was facilitated by Dr. Mausooma Kamaldeen from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Services of SHE. These sessions were conducted for the students of grades 8 and 9. A total number of 50 students participated in this session. Information was provided via group discussions and an informative game.

In these sessions, the students were provided information on what good and bad personal hygiene was and ways to avoid bad hygiene and how to maintain a good hygiene.

On the topic of HIV/AIDs and STI’s, the students were given information on what it was and ways a person could transmit HIV or STI’s. They were also given information on ways to prevent transmission of HIV and STI’s.

A game called the ‘Candy Game’ was also played to show the students how HIV and STI’s could be transmitted and how it could be prevented.

Session on work done by SHE and Volunteerism

This session was facilitated by Mariyam Shifneeza from the programme department of SHE. A total of 52 students participated in this session. Information was provided via Power Point Presentations and group discussions.

In this session, the students were given information on the work done by SHE, what volunteerism was and ways in which SHE contributes to volunteerism.

2.     Constraints

Since the allocated time for the sessions was 30 minutes per session, the facilitators did feel that the allocated time was less.

3.     Feedback

From the students who participated in the feedback, below are the thoughts they had on the topics that were discussed in the sessions.

28 students participated in the feedback of thalassaemia awareness sessions and 60 students in the feedback of the relationship building sessions.

Topic

# of students who thought it was not useful

# of students who thought it was somewhat useful

# of students who thought it was very useful

Thalassaemia Awareness

3

9

16

Relationship building

2

31

27

 

When the students were asked about the way the information was presented, below are their views:

Thalassaemia awareness sessions

  • 8 students stated that it was very interesting.
  • 17 students stated that it was somewhat interesting.
  • 3 students stated that it was not interesting.

Sessions on relationship building

  • 23 students stated that it was very interesting.
  • 32 students stated that it was somewhat interesting.
  • 5 students stated that it was not interesting.

The students were also asked if they would use the acquired knowledge from the sessions in their real life. Below are their views:

Thalassaemia awareness sessions

  • 10 students stated that they would mostly use the information in their real lives.
  • 15 students stated that they would somewhat use the information in their real lives.
  • 3 students stated that they would not use the information in their real lives.

Sessions on relationship building

  • 30 students stated that they would mostly use the information in their real lives.
  • 25 students stated that they would somewhat use the information in their real lives.
  • 5 students stated that they would not use the information in their real lives.

When the students were asked if they would join a similar discussion if given a chance, below are their views.

Thalassaemia awareness sessions

  • 13 students stated that they would participate in such a session.
  • 15 students stated that they would not participate in such a session.

Sessions on relationship building

  • 40 students stated that they would participate in such a session.
  • 20 students stated that they would not participate in such a session.

Below are some suggestions from the students.

  • The sessions could have been made more interesting.
  • More examples could have been given.
  • More personal experiences regarding the issue could have been discussed.
  • Provide more information.
  • More role plays could have been played.

4.     Way Forward

It was seen that the use of Power Point Presentations and activities within the session such as games and role plays are very useful in helping the students understand the issues discussed more easily. This also enables the session to be carried out in a more interesting way.

5.     Annexes

                               I.            Team List

Name

Department

Task(s) Allocated

Project Coordinator Aishath Nuzuha  Program  Coordination
Team Member Dr. Mausooma Kamaldeen  SRH  Facilitator of SRH sessions
Team Member Maria Saeed  Laboratory  Facilitator of Thalassaemia awareness sessions
Team Member Asha Abdul Kareem Laboratory  Facilitator of Thalassaemia awareness sessions
Team Member Mariyam Zila Laboratory  Facilitator of Thalassaemia awareness sessions
Team Member Thoma Abdul Samad Counseling  Facilitator of life skills sessions

 

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