School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Unit

SHEP Programme Goal

The goal of the SHEP is to ensure the provision of comprehensive health and nutrition education and related support services in schools to equip children with basic life skills for healthy living, which will lead to improvements in child survival and educational outcomes, including school enrolment, retention and academic performance.

Mission of the SHEP Unit

The mission of the SHEP Unit is to facilitate the effective mobilization and deployment of available human, material and financial resources to equip school children with basic life skills for healthy living through skills-based health education, promoting good health and preventing diseases among the school population.

SHEP Programme Objectives
  • Conduct training to build capacity of teachers, school children and community members for effective implementation of school health programmes.
  • Develop appropriate Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials
  • Inculcate into school children health-promoting habits and values of good hygiene and sanitation practices including hand washing with soap
  • Ring health education and related health services to the doorsteps of school children for early detection of defects and disability for prompt referral and management.
  • Assist in the prevention and management of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Promote the provision of adequate, safe and sustainable water and sanitation facilities in schools, which will reinforce the practice of learnt skills for hygiene.
  • Promote good environmental sanitation and hygiene practices in schools, which are gender, child and disability friendly
  • Promote healthy lifestyles including healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and tobacco consumption, illicit drugs, physical inactivity and pre-marital sex
  • Promote safety and prevent injury within the school environment and the general community
  • Provide nutrition and food safety education and ensure that food vendors and cooks are medically screed and certified to prepare, handle and sell food under hygienic conditions
  • Promote the provision of safe school infrastructure that is age-appropriate, well ventilated, well illuminated, disability and gender-friendly
  • Promote educational programmes that will assist in the prevention and management of HIV and AIDS, malaria prevention and other locally endemic diseases
  • Motivate school children to become change agents to their peers and in their homes and communities.
  • Promote effective school-community and parent-teacher partnerships to address issues that will enhance the health and development of children
  • Use the school as a medium to disseminate health messages to communities
  • Promote research and studies on school health issues in support of programme implementation.
Institutional Structures for SHEP

National Level

  • A national SHEP secretariat established for SHEP Unit
  • Headed by a National SHEP Coordinator
  • With support of Programme Officers
  • The National SHEP Coordinator reports to the Director, Finance and Administration through a Deputy Director General to the Director General.

Regional Level

  • There are SHEP Desks in all the regions headed by Regional SHEP Coordinators
  • The Regional SHEP Coordinators report directly to their respective Regional Directors of Education
  • In terms of departmental placement, however, SHEP is placed differently under either the Inspectorate or Human Resource Unit

District Level

  • District level SHEP desks occupied by District SHEP Coordinators
  • Report directly to the District Directors of Education
  • Placed under either the Monitoring and Supervision or Human Resource Unit

School Level

  • Every school has a teacher designated as School-based Health Coordinator (SBHC)
  • SBHC leads the planning and implementation of SHEP activities
  • He/She reports to the head teacher, who in turn reports to the Circuit Supervisor, and involves other members of staff in his/her work

Intervention / Programme Areas

  • Skills-based Health Education
  • Food Safety Nutrition and Education
  • Safe and Healthy School Environment
  • Disease Prevention and Control

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