SHPNE Package have been a groundbreaking effort for a uniform school health curriculum
The School Health, Population and Nutrition Education (SHPNE) package have been introduced with the national level NGOs and with the City Corporations for field level implementation including the city/municipal areas in their respective School Health Education programs. This introduction made through a 3-day ToT held on March 22-24, 2022.
22 participants from 19 NGOs and Dhaka North and South city corporations attended this 3-day long course. Mr. Sayed Mujibul Haque Additional Secretary (PH), FSD, MoHFW inaugurated this course and mentioned this SHPNE Package as have been a groundbreaking effort for a uniform, integrated and comprehensive school health curriculum that will replace the entire existing HPN issue-based curriculums. Mr. M Jasimuddin Khan, Deputy Secretary (PH-2), FSD of the MoHFW, who is the Member-Secretary of the SHPNE package development committee, also spoke on the occasion.
A combined form of methodologies has been adopted in the ToT courses that includes; graphical presentations, open discussions, brainstorming, group exercise, role play, experience sharing and energizers. These methodologies have been drawn in a way so that the same process could have followed for the end level trainers in the program field.
The whole gamut of the course went on with extended level of participation of the course participants. The effect of combined course methodologies was visible through the discussions, group work and group presentations. A wide range of enthusiasm and proactive engagements marked the event bringing a good level of learning environment in the training session.
The closing ceremony was attended as Chief Guest by Mr. Nitish Chandra Sarker, Additional Secretary, ME and FWD of the MoHFW. Mr. Nitish Chandra Sarker underscored the need of introducing the SHPNE package in the NGO intervention areas along with municipal and City Corporation areas, especially those are having school health education programs. He also hoped that the successful implementation of the SHPNE package through GoB and NGO effort will bring a sustainable impact attaining Bangladesh’s goal on Health for All.