To ensure Liberian students learn under a healthy ambiance, the Ministries of Education and Health have launched School Health Integrated Program for Liberia (SHIP) in partnership with Sightsaver, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working to save humanity.
The program which is expected to benefit more than 2000 schools across the country will work to provide eye screening, deworming, oral and ear screening, guarantee the establishment and strengthening school health clubs and provide learner friendly WASH facilities. And promote healthy behaviors that foster good health and wellbeing and teaching and promotion of age-appropriate, gender sensitive and culturally acceptable sexuality education.
Addressing the formal opening in Monrovia yesterday, Education Minister, D. Ansu Sonii said the 21st century is Africa’s time to rise to greater resilience to meet the targets in route to 2063.
“We are grateful for the goodwill of the world and friendly institutions to ensure that the wings of change, growth and development keep blowing”, he mentioned.
He pointed out “like many other institutions today, the intervention of Sightsavers supported by Dubai cares in the health sector complements the teaching efforts of the ministry across the country. And we want to commend them. We in the education sector are particularly grateful for this, that gives students the ability to remain in school”.
“The only option we have as our development mission is success but failure is not an option. The Ministry of Education is the lead in the human development sector on the pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development. It is expected that by the quality of collaboration between the sector ministries health and education, Agriculture, Gender and Social Protection, Youth and Sports will be the foundation our government success”, he said.
In his overview, Imran Khan, Sightsavers Global lead on Eye Health said the program’s mission is to lead the development of policies and programs which promote quality preventive health services in schools and ensure the wellbeing of learners in order to enhance improved teaching and learning outcomes.