The aim of this manual is to focus health education in schools towards nutrition disorders, infections and diseases that affect school-age children and community members living in and around Kakuma Refugee camp today. The manual forms part of an integrated approach to school health, and provides education and information around a set of interventions which seek to incorporate sanitation, health and nutrition into a school based platform to bring about improvements to child health in the camp. Through providing targeted information, the children can take action to protect themselves, and their family members, against disease and enhance their own nutrition intake. Children make for efficient and eager messengers of health and nutrition messages, and these guidelines have been structured to ensure that both children and the wider community benefit. In addition, today’s children are tomorrow’s parents, proper information on how to keep a family healthy and well fed will have implications into future generations. School feeding has an impact on school attendance, as well in providing a nourishing meal to fend off hunger for children to be able to learn and concentrate at school, while gaining essential nutrients for growth and development. Latrines and hand-washing facilities provide the child with tools with which to protect themselves from infection, and provision of a safe and clean environment has been shown to have a positive impact on school attendance, particularly female students. Finally, ensuring schools are inclusive to all children, and support learning under different circumstances will aid in ensuring education for all. Ultimately, healthy, well-nourished children will be more likely to go to school and flourish whilst there.
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