JAM takes health and nutrition seriously, and education on matters pertaining to this is high on the agenda. Since the beginning of 2013, 21 Health and Nutrition Clubs have been active in Angola, carrying out various activities from distributing nutrition pamphlets to establishing school gardens and giving lectures to community members about school gardens.
Out of the 440 primary schools targeted, 429 were successfully reached for these nutrition lessons. A total of 63 000 members from the respective communities were reached through training and customised messaging about nutrition and health. In the meantime, 210 monitoring and project visits have been carried out at the participating primary schools in Chongoroi, Bocoio, Ganda, Balombo, Cubal and Benguela municipalities.
A number of nutrition pamphlets containing key messages were distributed in schools, market places and in the communities. The teachers and the club members helped the pupils and community members to understand the pamphlets and taught them how to share important information with their families and friends.
Project personnel have held regular meetings to improve certain aspects of the project and to look into creating environments that support the establishment of school gardens. The project has reached an accumulated total of 853 092 people so far, with information around nutrition.
During March, the schools began the fourth period of the 8-period education, School Practice and Further Studies. This is the first time that the students have the opportunity to practice teaching with pupils in schools.
For most of the students, this is a big highlight as it gives them the chance to put their theory into practice giving them a taste of their coming vocation. Integrated into all the periods of the program, the schools carry out a range of other activities- culture, sport, community development etc.
For instance Team 2012, the group of students who went through the programme last year at EPF Malange, organised a cleaning campaign in Lombe, with the participation of 180 primary school pupils and the local authorities. They also held a seminar for the community about taking care of animals, pigs, goats, etc. The community learned about preventing or treating illness and the need to use a vet.
On the other hand almost all of Team 2010, who recently graduated, are now working as primary school teachers, mostly in rural areas, and are well equipped to continue giving nutrition lessons.