Du, UNICEF partner for Health Skills manual
New training manual for schools carried out in partnership with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, SEHA ambulatory health services
Dubai based operator du has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch a Health Skills manual which is aimed at increasing UAE school students’ awareness on ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The project comes under du’s national ‘Every Step Counts’ initiative which aims to encourage healthy lifestyle adoption across the UAE in joint collaboration with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, SEHA ambulatory health services.
Ibrahim El Ziq, UNICEF Gulf area office representative, said: “As knowledge is the stepping-stone for students to adopt a healthier lifestyle, analysis showed an average improvement in students’ knowledge by 14% at the end of the project, which is a great start for students. Besides these results, two main goals were also achieved. The first is the launch of the Healthy Education manual, which will be available for health educators such as nurses as an instrument to aid in health education through a more participatory approach. And the second goal is the development of the Healthy Life Skills framework, which was shared with our partners to help mainstream the project and reach more children across the UAE.”
The Health Skills manual is designed for the health educators working with students aged between 11 and 16 years in the UAE, to help them implement health education sessions and to raise the awareness and knowledge of health issues and healthy lifestyle. The manual includes interactive activities as well as other learning or educational topics.
Hala Badri, executive vice president, Brand and Communications, du, said: “We are pleased to witness today the launch of Health Skills manual following the successful completion of the pilot phase of the School Health Education project, which represents a pivotal step in ensuring a healthier and happier future for younger generations in the UAE. We are proud to be a part of this project, and we thank UNICEF for giving us the opportunity to contribute in raising the level of health awareness in the UAE, which is an issue that sits at the top of our list of priorities. We are keen to motivate all members of the UAE society, young and old alike, to adopt a healthy balanced lifestyle, a goal that we have already introduced a number of initiatives to attain, most importantly our Every Step Counts national campaign. This campaign has encompassed various activities and initiatives in the past 17 months, most notably our free du Wellness App, that is designed to help users track their activity level and make healthy choices anytime anywhere.”