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PROJECT FOR THE PROMOTION OF AN ACTIVE HEALTHY LIFE STYLE (AHLS) IN CHILDREN STARTING FROM THE ECCE SECTOR,

published 1 May 2017 updated 1 May 2017

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Cooperating organizations
SAKU- SRI LANKA FRIENSHIP ASSOCIATION (SSLFA), GUIDED BY RURAL HEALTH TRAINING CENTRE (RHTC), NAGANO, JAPAN
Countries
JAPAN
Start date
1 May 2017
End date
30 April 2020
Topics
Early Childhood Education;
Description

In Sri Lanka there is a rapid increase in the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which is attributed to the unhealthy life styles people are now adopting for to conveniece. This trend is now seen even among children especially diabetes in very young children too.

ACUT, much concerned about this state, discussed with Dr. Kijo Deura, President, SSLFA and Advisor, RHTC, and drew up a project to create awareness among the ECCE officials and Pre-school teachers on the need to promote an active healthy life style in children, aimed at the "Whole Child Development" and prevent the onset of NCDs in later life.

Through the teachers and children it is expected to reach the parents and the community, to create the attitudinal changes necessary for this project to succeed.

These Seminars and workshops are to be conducted in all the 25 districts, of the country at least 1 per district for all the ECCE Officials and ECCE/ preschool teacher leaders of each zone in the district -ei - for all those at decision making levels, so that they could spread these ideals to the entire district.

Goals

1. Promotion of Whole Child Development, from the earliest possible preschool age, as opposed to the intellectual development that is the focus of the parents now, at the expense of all the other development domains. of a child

  1. Prevent the onset of Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) that is on a rapid increase in Sri Lanka, or at least greatly reduce the trend, thus reducing the unnecessary medical expenditure and the suffering of the people, so that they will grow up to be happier, healthier and much more productive and useful citizens of the country,
Activities

1. Seminars and workshops starting from the ECCE officials and preschool teacher leaders

  1. Lobbying and advocacy to bring in the changes necessary by the authorities concerned.
  2. Use of media to propagate the concept of whole child development and what needs to be done in that regard.