SEAMEO and Germany Sign MOU on Health Care in Schools

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 |

Essentially, the project will promote simple and cost-effective Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) in public elementary schools, preschools and day care centres. The package includes daily supervised hand washing with soap, daily supervised tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and bi-annual deworming. The intervention is based on a successful model implemented in the Philippines in 2011, and was supported by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Worth 5.7 million Euro, the Regional Programme Fit for School will be implemented by the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) based in Manila, Philippines. The project will be funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Gesellschaft fรผr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The project is supportive of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in giving children access to education and to a healthy environment.  While schools focus on teaching and learning, school children and their families are also provided opportunity to promote health and development through this project.

As Associate Member to SEAMEO since 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany has been very active in its support to the projects and initiatives of SEAMEO in various capacities.

Among others, Germany has supported the work of some SEAMEO Centres in diverse fields such as vocational training with SEAMEO VOCTECH and E-learning with SEAMEO SEAMOLEC through the Universitรคt in Hagen.  Moreover, SEAMEO-SPAFA has worked with the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany on cultural heritage preservation.  The German Government has also supported the provision of scholarships for participants from ASEAN through SEAMEO TROPMED.

Left photo: His Excellency Mr Rolf Peter Gottfried Schulze, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Thailand (left) and Dr Witaya Jeradechakul, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat (right) sign the MOU on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and SEAMEO, respectively.

Right photo: H E Mr Rolf Peter Gottfried Schulze and Dr Witaya Jeradechakul shake hand and show the signed MOU to the audience and members of the media during the signing ceremony on 29 May 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.