Empower Children to Spread Health in Rural China

by Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation
Empower Children to Spread Health in Rural China
Oct 12, 2021

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Planet

Students at Anla school practice brushing teeth
Students at Anla school practice brushing teeth

Students at Anla and Heshangzhuang Primary School in rural Yunnan province ended the previous school year and started the new school year strong and healthy. Students at both schools participated in TOT ("Training of Trainers") activities as part of the ongoing HEAL program facilitated by the CWEF team and our local partners. These student health advocates will go on to serve others in their families and school communities by sharing the knowledge and healthy habits they have learned through this series of HEAL training activities over the span of 1-2 years.    

Before their schools broke for the holiday, in June 2021 students at Anla and Heshangzhuang learned knowledge and practiced healthy behaviors related to personal hygiene, COVID-19 prevention, healthy diet, eye care, disaster preparedness, and basic first aid training.

These HEAL Training of Trainer sessions were delivered as a collaborative effort -- trainers from CWEF along with several partner organizations, including eye care and vision-focused non-profit Education in Sight, Zhengxin Social Work Service Center of Wuding county, and the Yunnan Mountain Eagle Rescue Service Center. Working in concert, our organizations can achieve more, and the training we provide to the students is more effective and has a stronger impact. 

Of equal importance is the varied mode of training that is used during these sessions. Our trainers use games, songs, videos, demonstrations, simulations, and other practical exercises to engage different parts of the students' bodies, brains, and emotions, so that the knowledge and habits learned will have a better chance of sticking with them, and later, spreading to others in their community.

Jenny Chu of CWEF shares: 

"This way of combining theory with practice makes students learn more intuitively. We are helping them to enhance their awareness first, and then to support their knowledge with action."

Most recently, in September 2021, students at Heshangzhuang Primary School participated in the third session of their HEAL student health advocate training. After learning to take care of their own health and that of their family and friends, they were introduced to the concept of caring for the health of the planet. The training facilitators framed this sometimes complex topic in more simple terms that connected students back to health concerns they are familiar with:

"The Earth has a fever. How can we help the Earth to be healthy?"

Through all of these in-depth and varied activities, our CWEF team and partners are helping students to be well-rounded in their understanding and practice of holistic health.

Because of your generous prayers and financial support, we are preparing them, along with their families and communities, to have healthy bodies, healthy minds, and hopefully, a healthy planet. 

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Students in Wuding county practice brushing teeth
Students in Wuding county practice brushing teeth
"Healthy Kids" coloring book at Anla school
"Healthy Kids" coloring book at Anla school
Students at Anla school "see the invisible"
Students at Anla school "see the invisible"
"Education in Sight" team fits student for glasses
"Education in Sight" team fits student for glasses
Disaster preparedness training at Heshangzhuang
Disaster preparedness training at Heshangzhuang
Disaster preparedness training at Heshangzhuang
Disaster preparedness training at Heshangzhuang
Learning to care for the Earth at Heshangzhuang
Learning to care for the Earth at Heshangzhuang
The visiting teachers are a hit at Heshangzhuang
The visiting teachers are a hit at Heshangzhuang

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