Healthy Child, Happy Child
Schools are imperative settings, offering an efficient and effective way to reach a large number of children across age groups, and through them, their families and community members. Since school enrollment is above 95% in Maharashtra, engaging with schools provide an ideal opportunity to interact, engage and impart health awareness to children across diverse communities and locations.
The School Health Programme aims to create awareness on essential health related topics among school going children, so as to bring about behavioral changes in them and thereby reduce the mortality rate on account of common communicable diseases.
The School Health Programme has been conducted in primary schools across the city by the same team for the past Five years, covering over 1000 primary schools and reaching out to approximately 1.25 lakh students each year. Topics covered previously include Handwashing and personal hygiene, toilette etiquettes and sanitation, and oral hygiene. The lively digital presentations and activities that make up the Programme sessions are received with much interest and appreciation from students and teachers alike.
Programme Highlights: The one-hour programme includes an animation video and digital presentation with activities such as quiz, sequencing and songs to convey the importance of safe drinking water in a child friendly manner. Badges and labels with educational messages are given to participating students and a set of posters are put up in all schools to reinforce the message imparted.
Target: Following the success of the programme in its preceding years, Ekam Mumbai plans to reach approximately 1050 schools around Mumbai and neighbouring suburbs and a total of 1,10,000+ school going children.