School program - painting the future of One Health in Uganda

Pamela Wairagala
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capacity development
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Three hundred primary and secondary school students aged 12- 18 years in the western Uganda district of Bunyangabu have been mentored and commissioned as One Health ambassadors. They will promote awareness of issues that can be addressed through the One Health approach, and influence attitudes and practices in their communities.

‘One World - Social Coexistence’, a school program implemented under Makerere University, the Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA) project Uganda country partner, conducted activities for the school-going children on the adoption of a One Health approach. This was done in collaboration with the Young and Older persons Integrated Development Program in Africa (YOLIDA), an indigenous non-governmental not-for-profit organization.

Conducted in two primary schools and one secondary school, the  3 - months’ program provided learners with a platform to engage with One Health mentors- teachers trained to serve as One Health mindset change agents and to mentor and guide the one-health clubs. The learners also share their perceptions and propose solutions to human, animal and environmental health challenges through visual Art.  One Health gardens to promote nutrition and environmental health were set up and will be managed by One Health club members at the respective schools. Read more