Cultivate: Education

Cultivate: Education

Introduction

The Education Committee spearheads all initiatives that increase the health knowledge of the villagers in Pursat for both children and adults. They plan and create engaging lessons, flipcharts, pamphlets and videos with the help of our partner organisations. Ultimately, they aim to equip villagers with the relevant knowledge and skills to enable and empower them to lead healthy lives.

Primary school students paying attention to our health education lesson taught in Khmer by our UP volunteers.

Primary School Education

We conduct lessons for primary school students using flipcharts, hands-on activities and worksheets with the ultimate aim of promoting better health knowledge among students and inspiring positive changes in their attitude towards healthcare. This is the first part of a two-pronged approach to improve the health of the family unit in Pursat.

Topics

Primary 1: Oral Hygiene

Primary 2: Water Sanitation and Body Hygiene

Primary 3: Mosquitoes and Oral Hygiene

Primary 4: Food Hygiene and Water Sanitation

Primary 5: Alcohol and Smoking

Primary 6: Puberty (Boys) and Puberty (Girls)

Adult Education

Our adult education lessons are conducted in partnership with NGOs and include opportunistic education as well as our Health Education Programme. This is the second part of our two-pronged approach to improve the health knowledge, attitudes and practices of the family unit.

Topics

  • Common Signs and Symptoms of Diseases 
  • Food Hygiene and Nutrition
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Water Sanitation
  • Alcohol and Smoking

Health Education Programme (HEP)

The Health Education Programme (HEP) is an important component of or initiatives, where opportunistic education is carried out at our clinics. We make use of the ‘personal touch’ initiative, under which every UP Lokuner will be in charge of educating the villagers and cultivating good health practices throughout the entire clinics flow. At the same time, we give out information pamphlets to the villagers for them to refer and revise what was shared with them during HEP. This program structure not only helps the UP Lokuners form a better bond with the villagers, it also ensures that the villagers receive more targeted and personalized education. 

One of our UP volunteers educating a villager using our health education pamphlets during HNA.

Door-to-door Opportunistic Education

We carry out opportunistic education during our door-to-door Health Needs Assessment (HNA) in order to expand our reach to villagers who may not visit our clinics. As we conduct our HNA, certain responses of the villagers may reveal misconceptions or poor health habits that they have. We seek to address these issues when the opportunity arises by educating the villagers using our health education pamphlets from HEP and in so doing, increase the health knowledge of the villagers.