Budding Grass Team
Team Background: At the boarding schools in remote and mountain areas, while the ethnic minority parents care a lot about their children’s growth, the parents typically lack adequate knowedge and cultural preparedness to educate their children in terms of psychological and physiological health. Furthermore, the parents are preoccupied in making a living and care for other members (typically elderlies) of the family, they have little time and energy to address their children’s needs. The responsibility of the child’s psychological and physiological health is left with the school. Based on in-depth survey of schools, even though the national approved curriculum includes health education, but the schools lack teachers who specialize on the subject. Usually, this topic is address by the class home room teacher in a very casual way. This is far from what is needed by the students and parents.
1. Based on a needs analysis of the students from remote mountain boarding schools, offer “small class health education” to female students in order to provide knowledge on sexual health and psychological development. Develop lively “health workshops” to offer female students care and support to help them go through the confusing adolescent period.
2、 Organize teachers through participatory training activities in order to build a sustainable sex education team. Use practical training material and high value health education model to build a foundation to expand to more schools.
Team members: Mostly from retired and active teachers.
Team investigation: Visit two West Mountain District farm and mountain boarding schools -Yongjing elementary school and Minglang ethnic middle school. Professional trainers use participatory approach to teach students and teachers on how to introduce the knowledge for the first time. Activities are lively and based on mutual understanding. Special discussion sessions are held with students and teachers. Also used questionnaires and one-on-one meetings.
3. Develop a variety of small classes and workshops based on the special characteristics of the adolescent youth. Increase their interest and and maintain the passion of the target population to participate.
4. Use a strategy to attract teachers to join and learn. Work through teachers to enhance the activity results.
5. Before starting each new activity, we must review the experience of the previous activities. At the end of each activity, we must receive feedback from both teachers and students for their evaluations. This will improve the impact of the activities.
6. For large scale activities, collect input from all parties and make any necessary adjustments in a timely manner.
7. After obtaining preliminary results from several activities, we must develop more in-depth activities in order to reach higher results.
1. Use topics students can relate to such as “my body change” and “how to protect myself” to start.
2. Then use participatory activities to engage students and increase their interest level. With the objective of broaden students’ knowledge attract teachers’ emphasis of the subject, hold repeated activities for wide reaching results.