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Remmy Butia May 27, 2024


Health Promotion aims to create a healthy school environment by promoting the general health and wellbeing of learners and educators, and by addressing key health and social barriers to learning in order to promote effective teaching and learning.

Schools play a very significant role in imparting the well-being of the students and individuals. A supportive and understanding ecosystem fosters self-confidence, encourages self-expression, and imbues a sense of belonging in learners.

Teachers and school staff are on the frontlines, interacting with students daily. They are often the first to notice changes in a student’s behavior, mood, or academic performance, hence it is essential that the support staff handle children with equality and effectively. By training educators to recognize the signs of health distress and providing them with knowledge on how to address and refer to these issues, schools can take a proactive stance in safeguarding their students’ well-being.

Today, the County Health promotion team held a sensitization meeting held at Kabiyet Boys on matters mental health, gender based violence and reproductive health with School Principals drawn from across Mosop Sub County.

This holistic approach ensures that the positive effects of education permeate throughout the entire educational ecosystem. A supportive and understanding ecosystem can foster self-confidence, encourage self-expression, and imbue a sense of belonging.

The School heads were urged to spearhead the crucial mission of Mental Wellness. Mental health is as crucial as physical health, if not more, especially during the formative years of a child’s life. Schools, being the second home for many students, have a pivotal role in shaping and nurturing their mental well-being.

Schools must prioritize creating safe spaces where students can express their concerns, fears, and anxieties without judgment. This could be in the form of dedicated counseling rooms, peer-led support groups, or open forums. The mere presence of such spaces can be reassuring to students, knowing they have a place to turn to when needed. Enabling a safe learning environment helps in regulating social, and emotional skills and capabilities that promote life-long mental health, and problem-solving skills that help in creating a sense of autonomy and purpose.

Present during the meeting was the County School Health Coordinator Mr Koech, GBV Coordinator Abigael Jepkoech and Mental Health Coordinator Mr Tiparo, Nandi County Director of Education Harrison MuriukiMuriuki and Kabiyet Boys Senior Principal Mr Mudogo.

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