School plays a very important part in a child’s life. It is not merely a place, but, it’s like a second home for a child. School is where children spend major part of the day other than home. At school, they learn teachings of their lives and grow and develop their personalities. Children are generally taught at home about hygiene and good habits that will lead to their good health but, along with that if they are taught about the same even in schools, it will help in imprinting those teachings more strongly onto their minds.
Unlike past, parents are much more aware and concerned regarding their child’s health and overall development. Hence, the responsibility of schools has also increased. In such a situation, teachers play a very important role. As students spend majority of their time with teachers, teachers become role models. Along with being qualified, the teachers must be educated regarding the common health problems seen in children. They should be aware of the signs and symptoms of the diseases. This is crucial in case of the epidemics caused due to contagious diseases affecting a child’s health and development. If the early symptoms are noticed, they can be informed to the concerned. Other than parents and family members, it is a teacher, whose teachings a child carries in the personality throughout the life. Students must be taught about the importance of all the food groups in diet, which will make its positive mark forever.
Schools should have health education sessions for children. This will help them in making right choices and have a good health status which in turn will lead to their success and higher achievements. Students should be encouraged to enroll in various sports activities. Children should be explained about how playing a game or a sport will help them in attaining a good physical health status. Not only physical but mental health of students is also very important. As stated by WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of any disease.
Especially the preschools should consider mental health as important as physical health. Because, children enrolled here are of very tender age. They are sensitive, lack concentration and patience, their motive skills are yet to be fully developed. So, the curriculum should be designed considering these factors for their healthy early schooling. A lot of technical burden can affect the child’s self-esteem and can affect the overall health.
Another point to be considered is the meals provided by the schools. The meals provided should be of best quality. They should be made so, that they are nutrient rich as well as appealing and palatable to children. Schools should also encourage parents to give healthy snacks in children’s tiffin boxes. This can be done by having seminars, by suggesting them some healthy and quick recipes that are easy to prepare and which can be prepared using easily available local and economical food items. They can also provide weekly tiffin recipes planner to the parents. Schools should maintain high quality cleanliness and hygiene of the premises too.