|Basic Science and Health Education for Primary Schools, Uganda (UNICEF, 1992, 162 p.)|
On behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Advisory Panel on School Health Education and on my behalf, I wish, first of all, to express our thanks and gratitude to the Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture and Local Government which recognising the need for and the importance of Health Education in Schools at this stage of Uganda's development, agreed to work together in setting up the Inter-Ministerial Advisory Panel on School Health Education (hereinafter referred to as the Panel). The Panel was charged with the task of developing new health education syllabi and appropriate teaching and learning materials for schools and Institutions of higher learning.
We are similarly grateful to the following parastatals, Institutions, UN Agencies, International Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations which agreed to nominate their staff to participate in the work of the Panel:
1. Makerere University
2. The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC)
3. The Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB)
4. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
5. The World Health Organisation (WHO)
6. The African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF)
7. Uganda Red Cross (URC)
Without the setting up of this Panel, this Teacher's Guide Volume I would never have been written.
We are particularly grateful to the Honourable Ministers of Education and Health not only for giving us the full backing of their respective Ministries, but also for their continued support, encouragement and unwavering commitment to the goals and objectives of the Panel.
Our thanks also go to the Primary School Teachers, TTC Tutors, and Inspectors of Primary Schools who attended the first three workshops and shared their ideas and experiences with us, and thus assisted in shaping the Primary School Health Education Programme.
We are indebted to the Headmasters and staff of the seventeen satellite Primary Schools and the four Teacher Training Colleges on which the Panel's original draft syllabus was pretested. It was the experience which assisted the Panel in revising the syllabus on which this Teacher's Guide is based.
We would also like to express our thanks to the National Curriculum Development Centre for their willingness and co-operation in adopting the Panel's Health Education Syllabus and making it part and parcel of the "Basic Science and Health Education Syllabus for Primary Schools in Uganda".
We are very grateful to the following individuals who did the writing, designing, and editing of this book: Mr. V. O. Ekatan (Ministry of Education), Mr. D. Kiyimba (NCDC); Mrs. V. Mugisa (Child-to-Child); Mr. H. Bagarukayo (AMREF); Mr. F. Odet (Inspectorate, MOE); Mr. A. Matembe (King's College Budo); Mrs. R. Tiridri (MOH); Dr. Zirabamuzaale (IPH, Makerere University); Mrs. Mary Owor (Co-ordination Unit, SHEP); Dr. V. Biryabarema (Child Health and Development Centre, Mulago Hospital); Ms. Susan Durston (UNICEF/MOH); Mr. James H. O'gwang (UNICEF); Mr. D. Lubowa (UNICEF); Mr. Martin Iga Ddungu (UNICEF); Mr. D. Kasirye (Kyamaganda TTC); Dr. (Mrs.) Martha M. George (UNICEF) and Dr. G.G.C. Rwegellera (WHO). Without their unbounded enthusiasm, dedication, commitment, sheer hard work, in editing, this book would never have seen the light of day. Our special thanks go to Mrs. Sally Fegan-Wyles, the UNICEF Representative in Uganda for her invaluable contribution to the work of the Panel in the latter's early days when she was still the UNICEF Health Programme Officer; and for her continued support, encouragement, and guidance since she became the UNICEF Country Representative. It was Mrs. Fegan-Wyles, more than anyone else, who kept the Panel "going even when the going was hard".
We wish to express our gratitute and indebtedness to UNICEF Uganda for its generous financial and material support, as well as for putting its staff at the disposal of the Panel. It is difficult to see how the Syllabus, the Teacher's Guides, the Pupils' Books, and other teaching and learning materials or aids would have been developed, designed and written without UNICEF's continued support and assistance.
Lastly, but by no means least, we wish to thank all those people, too many to mention individually by name, who contributed in one way or another to the development of the School Health Education Programme and to the writing and typing of this Teacher's Guide.
Despite the help of all those mentioned above, we are solely responsible for any errors that may be found in this book.
George G.C. Rwegellera, M.D., F.R.C. PSYCH.,
W.H.O. Consultant and Chairman,
Inter-Ministerial Advisory Panel on
School Health Education,