Some people say that schools do not make enough efforts to teach young people to look after their health and they add that schools should take health education more seriously. Do you agree or disagree?
Schools are considered as the main source of information for their students. According to some people, educational institutes are not imparting adequate health knowledge to their young students and ask educational centres to pay more attention to teaching their children with education related to health. I completely agree with the statement that making children aware of the importance of health is essential, and schools should accept this responsibility at a priority level. Let us discuss it in detail in subsequent paragraphs.
To begin with, there are several reasons for which learning centres should consider giving health education to young ones. First and foremost, children are more receptive to learning and teaching young children the significance of preventive health at a tender age while they are at school will help them acquire healthy habits. To elaborate, as youngsters spend more time at school and learn things by doing at school, educational centres could ultimately inculcate these good habits related to health among their students and, hence, become healthy citizens.
Furthermore, inspiring young ones to adopt healthy habits to become healthy is beneficial to schools as well. To explain, by acquiring good health habits, children will become healthy. This will reduce their absenteeism at school and perform better at school in academic and co-curricular activities. In this way, they would bring laurels to their schools. To cite an example, in a survey done by the Indian Council of Medical Research in India in 2015 on 17 schools of Chandigarh city having enrolled about 15000 students in the age group of 6-16 years and implemented of health-promoting schools project which included teaching children healthy habits and creating a supportive environment for the same revealed that absenteeism at these schools reduced by 10% and about 60% of these schools reported that the selection of their students in various sports at the national level has increased by 30% within two years of implementation of this project.
In addition, motivating children to become healthy through learning at school will reduce the cost of health care needs and reduce the financial burden on their parents and government. To substantiate, children with healthy habits will not contract diseases; hence they will not need to see the doctor. This will reduce the pocket expenditure of their parents. Also, governments will not do not need to pay out for child health care programs. This money could be spent on making their future lives better. In a research done by the University of British Columbia in Canada in 2016 on 5000 students of age group 10-18 years of two schools A & B (2500 from each), school A having health education as a formal part of the curriculum and School B not teaching health education revealed that per annum spending on various health problem was about 60% higher among the students of school B as compared to students of school A.
Despite the importance of health, it is argued by some people that educational institutes are not making the required attempt to tutor the worth of having good health to the young children. This could be may due to several reasons; primarily, the teachers at schools are already burdened with the syllabuses of other academic subjects. Secondly, they assume that only specialized people can deliver the correct health information, which is out of the context of the school curriculum. Thirdly, they may consider that the other sources are enough to deliver such information, for example, media and the Internet.
To encapsulate, it can be concluded that although there are a few factors that could make the mission of providing health education to children at the school level difficult, it is not impossible. I completely agree that educational centres should place health care education at a higher priority level and continue to inspire kids to become healthier as they are the true founders of tomorrow’s healthier community.
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