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Volunteer to teach children about malaria in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer to teach children about malaria in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer with Partner West Africa on the malaria prevention programme
Volunteer with children in schools in Ghana to help educate about malaria
Volunteer in Ghana in malaria prevention
Volunteer to prevent malaria by teaching education workshops to children and adults

Malaria Workshops for Hundreds of Children

Date Posted: 22/10/2018

Read about Partner West Africa's first school based malaria education workshops.

In 2015 over 400,000 people worldwide died due to malaria. The majority of these cases were children under 5 years of age. These children are yet to develop any immunity towards the disease and so are more likely to develop sever symptoms in response. Malaria is a disease which can be prevented and treated, therefore it is vital that children from a young age are able to recognise symptoms which may be associated with the disease, are aware of the next steps and are also able to prevent being bitten by malaria-carrying mosquitos in the first place. Previously Partner West Africa (PWA) has held screening days both in schools and the local community and held education workshops for the children at PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre and their parents.

Over the past two weeks, PWA has held workshops in two government schools in Bortianor, a village on the south coast of Ghana, for children aged 4-16. This is the first time PWA has done education workshops in other schools, and definitely the first time we as volunteers have delivered workshops to such big groups of children, over the 6 workshops we saw 542 children!

“It’s great to get teaching experience and interesting to compare the attitudes of Ghanaian children to those at home in the US” says Lydia, PWA Volunteer.

“The children at the school are very attentive despite the loud sounds coming from others playing. They are always very welcoming and are a pleasure to teach!” Freya, PWA Volunteer

We have made a few different age appropriate lessons, which include games, quizzes and songs. For the younger ones, a story book named “Zzzizi and friends” forms the basis of the workshop which is translated into Da, the language spoken in the area, whereas the older ones are tested on their knowledge of symptoms and the malaria parasite itself. We have tried to make the lessons as interactive as possible and always leave time at the end for questions - we’ve had some very tricky ones! Although most of the children have had malaria by the time they get to school, it is always good to address any misconceptions and ensure awareness of the most effective malaria prevention techniques.

“Having studied malaria multiple times during university it is interesting to see how it relates in practice. The knowledge the children already had was very impressive, through what they had learned at school previously and past experience of having malaria and we had to adapt our planned lesson to make it more challenging and ensure they learned something new” Rachel, PWA Volunteer

The school education work is being followed by a 3 day community malaria screening programme which includes an education session designed specifically for adults. We’ll keep you updated when that happens!

Author: Freya and Rachel - PWA volunteers

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