Schools provide a natural entry point for reaching young people with health education and services. Schools are ideal places to screen for or treat a range of common illnesses, to provide vaccines such as booster tetanus shots, and for health and hygiene education. However, in practice this potential is seldom realized. Schools are short of resources and teachers have neither the training nor the equipment to deliver health education on top of their existing workload. To turn this around requires effective training to build the motivation and skills of staff, and may require outside support for sex education lessons.
Some successful schemes train young people as peer educators in schools. As with outreach work, it is important to link school health services to local health services, so that students who need follow-up care receive it, and so that efforts are not duplicated. It is also important to ensure that services provided at school have community support. Many head teachers are concerned that they will open themselves to criticism if they provide services for young people. Efforts among the school and community are required to ensure that such moves are supported. There is much evidence that parents welcome other responsible adults talking to their children about sensitive issues, as they often feel unable to deal with these issues at home.
School also play an important role in building life skills of adolescent through creating an enabling and supportive environments.
MBBS, PGDPH, Final year MD