School Health Education Package Development Workshop Held

As part of continued effort of the MoHFW to develop a unified school health education program it organized a workshop to capture the developments made after the first meeting of the Coordination Committee for the Development and Implementation of the School Health Education Package (SHEP) held last month that finalized the topics with sub-topics and content titles of the SHEP and conferred HPN unit wise responsibilities to detail out the contents of the SHEP. A number of 17 content heads with sub-topics was finalized in that meeting.

This workshop was on presenting and review of the contents details and consider adding if there is any need of further content(s). The workshop was held on October 28, 2020 in the conference room of IEM, DGFP attended by the LHEP, CDC, NCDC and MNCAH units of DGHS while MCH and IEM units of DGFP had attended it. Participants from the allied ministries include; LGRD&C-LGD, MoE-TMED and MoRA. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Nitish Chandra Sarker, Additional Secretary-Population, Family Welfare & Law of the FW & ME Division of MoHFW and Chairperson of the Coordination Committee for the Development and Implementation of SHEP.

The workshop was initiated with a brief overview of the progresses of the content development by units was made by Mr. Saiful Islam, Member-Secretary of this Coordination Committee and Deputy Secretary, PH-2 of the HSD of MoHFW. On his request the Chairperson of this committee pointed out two issues at this stage:

  • The HPN units require allocating funds from their respective OPs for the development and production of the SHEP orientation curriculum.
  • We need to consider the language, using of sensitive words and terminology that would propose for using in the curriculum as audiences would be the non-adult school students.

Before attendees break for working on further detailing out of the contents, Mr. Dipak Kanti Mazumder and Mr. Shafiqur Rahman of Ujjiban made two presentations respectively on the content details so far been worked out and received from the HPN units; and the principle of developing a curriculum. The four groups then started further detailing out of the contents on 17 content heads with numbers of sub-topics and further detailing out works over so far been made at the units prior to this workshop.

After four groups accomplished progresses over the 17 topics during the stipulated time of the workshop they made a presentation in the plenary. The four groups made their presentation in the following manners:

  • Group-1: Adolescent and Reproductive Health covering session number 1, 2, 6 and 7
  • Group-2: Food, Nutrition, Safe Water, Sanitation and others covering session 3, 4 and 5
  • Group-3: Child Marriage, Gender and others covering session 8, 9 and 10
  • Group-4: CDC, NCDC, PHC and others covering session from 11-17

The groups identified one important topic and recommended to add it in the SHEP curriculum as; Population and Family Planning.

In the concluding session the Chairperson presented an SHEP development schedule to follow by the members of the committee and provided an indication of necessary fund allocation under certain development expense heads from the OPs. He expressed his happiness over the progresses so far been made of developing the SHEP and thanked Ujjiban for their continuous and timely TA support for MoHFW and HPN unit’s SBCC interventions.